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Full text of "Amiga Shopper Magazine Issue 25"

EXPERT ADVICE AND TIPS FOR EVERY AMIGA ENTHUSIAST 





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ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 • £2.50 
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AT-A-GLANCE 
GUIDE 

To help you find what you want 
quickly and easily, this is a cross- 
referenced list of all the products 
and subjects covered in this 
month's Amiga Shopper. You' I! find 
a detailed index to the many 
subjects dealt covered in the 
problem-solving Amiga Answers 
section given on page 23. The page 
numbers given are for the first page 
of the article in which the subject is 
mentioned. 



Advertisers' Index 


120 


Aladdin 4D 


56 


Amiga Advocate 


45 


Amiga DOS 


70 


AMOS 


62 


Answers 


29 


ARexx 


78 


Assembly Language 


44 


Back Issues 


95 


Bulletin Boards 


73 


C Programming 


84 


Chaos 


48 


Clarity 16 


53 


Code Clinic 


44 


Comms 


73 


Competitions 


107, 122 


Cover disk 


26 


Developers' Conference 


8 


Digitising 


56 


DIY Hardware Repairs 


86 


File Manipulation 


78 


Fractal Plants 


48 


Functions 


84 


Hardware 


86, 116 


Interface 


62 


Legal Advice 


45 


Letters 


12 


Mail Order Offers 


91 


Music 


53 


News 


7 


Pest 


70 


Product Locator 


116 


Product Round-up 


14. 116 


Programming 44, 48, 


62,78,84 


Public Domain 


105, 107 


Reader Ads 


83 


Structures 


84 


Subscriptions 


98 


US News 


11 


User Groups 


102 


Video 


56 


VideoMaster 


56 


Wang 


7 


Word processors 


14 


Words & Music 


53 



Are there any products or 
subjects you'd like us to 
take a look at? Well, just 
drop a line to: 

Amiga Shopper, 
30 Monmouth Street, 
Bath, Avon BA1 2BW. 



WELCOME 



The word processor is mightier than the pen. 
No matter what you write or how much you 
write, there's no denying the fact that a 
word processor will make your task easier. 
Quite apart from the advantages that all such 
programs give - ease of making changes to text, 
control over formatting and so forth - many provide 
a whole range of extra features such as spelling 
checking, the option to include graphics and word 
counting facilities. To find out exactly which word 
processor is the mightiest, turn to page 14. You'll 
find it's not just an article about which word 
processor is best, though, but one which will help 
you in getting the right package for your needs - 
you'll find similar word processors are closely 
compared, and the relative advantages of their 
various features carefully weighed. 

Those of you not quite ready to take the 
financial plunge should already be ripping the 
polythene from your cover disk. On it is a fully- 
featured text editor, as well as a spelling checker 
with a huge dictionary - plenty good for the 
occasional wordsmith. Of course, you'll find plenty 
of other useful goodies on there, including the 



PUBUC DOMAIN 



SOFTWARE FOR FREE 

There are thousands of Amiga programs which are 
available for little more than the price of a disk. 
There are also many, many more which you can try 
out before you buy. In Public Domain World we 
examine the best of these programs and explain how 
to get hold of them. 

As well as our usual round-up of the latest PD, 
we've also got a special competition running this 
month - check out page 107 for details of how you 
can win a hoard of software. Public Domain World or 

Free lunch freak-out 

as we call it this month, starts on page 105 



source code to all of 
this month's 
programming articles. 

In this issue you'll 
also find the first in a 
new series, Amiga 
Advocate. It offers legal 
advice and help to the 
unfortunates amongst 
you who have had 
unpleasant dealings 
with mail order 
companies. With luck, you won't need it, but if you 
do, turn to page 45. 

Enjoy the issue, and make sure you join us 
next month when we'll be bringing you some hot 
news from Commodore, 






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10 PAGES DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO 
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS 

Every month in Amiga Answers our panel, 
comprising experts from each of the major fields of 
Amiga computing, answers more genuine reader 
questions than any other Amiga magazine. And in 
the Code Clinic all your programming errors will be 
explained and corrected as well! 

We answer questions every month on 
Workbench • The CLI • Comms • Programming • 
DTP • Video • Business software • And more! 



THE ANSWERS START ON PAGE 29 



FOR A FULL LIST OF CONTENTS, TURN THE PAGE 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



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GVP SERIES II 
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120Mb Maxtor 
Space for 8Mb RAM 

£379.00 



GVP SERIES II 

1500/2000 

120Mb Quantum 
Space for 8Mb RAM 

£405.00 



GVP SERIES II 
A500 

80Mb Quantum 
Space for 8Mb RAM 

£369.00 



GVP SERIES II 
A500 

120Mb Maxtor 
Space fox 8Mb RAM 

£405.00 



GVP SERIES H 
A500 

120Mb Quantum 
Space for 8Mb RAM 

£425.00 



AMIGA A1200 PACKS 



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I A1200, Mouse, PSU, WB3 £369.00 

I A1200 Games Pack, inc. joystick & 3 games £395.00 

I A1200 Business Pack inc WP, Dbase, Ssheet... £399.00 

I A1200 Special, inc. Dpaint AGA, Zool AGA £460.00 



AMIGA A4000 
6MRAM 
120M HD 
£2150.00 



AMIGA A600 PACKS 



Wild, Weird, Wicked Pack ., £319 

Cartoon Classic Pack .£299 

Epic Pack £479 

Standard Pack £279 



SOFTWARE 



AMOS PROFESSIONAL £45.99 FINAL COPY 2 (UK) £45,00 

AMOS + EXTRAS £32.00 QUARTERBACK V5 £39.00 

EASY AMOS £24.00 PRO-WRITE V3.2 £69.00 

HOT LINKS £52.00 VIDI 12 £79.00 

KIND WORDS V3 £39.00 PHOTON PAINT 2 £25.00 

LATTICE CV6 £205.00 FINAL COPY 1 £39.00 

PACESETTER V3 £52.00 DESIGN WORKS ..£59,00 

PAGESTREAM V2.2 £151.00 DOS 2 DOS £28.00 

PAGESTREAM FONTS £49.00 Q/BACK TOOLS £39.00 

X CAD 3000 £239.00 WORDWORTH 2 £72.00 

CROSS DOS V5 £39.00 SUPERJAM £69.00 

SCENERY ANIMATOR £53.00 XCAD 2000 £B9.00 

ADORAGE Effects generator £59.00 

PEN PAL VI. 5 Excellent easy to use word processor £39.00 

IMAGEMASTER 24 Bit Image Processing, includes effects £129.00 

ART DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL £135.00 

BROADCAST TITLER 2 £139.00 

DIRECTORY OPUS V4 £59.95 

DIGI-VIEW MEDIA STATION £59.00 

BARS + PIPES PROFESSIONAL £129.00 

MORPHPLUS , £149.00 

MIRACLE Piano tutor (Hardware/Software) £259.00 

E3M EMULATOR Emulates a PC on the Amiga £39.00 

VISIONARY Adventure creation language £53.00 

Mffll OFFICE Integrated package £39.00 

PROFESSIONAL PAGE V2.1 with tutorial video £60.00 

PROFESSIONAL PAGE V4.0 Hew Version £145.00 

DELUXE PAINT AGA , £72.00 

HOME ACCOUNTS 1 £9.95 

GFA BASIC 3.5 INTERPRETER.,... £9.95 

IMAGINE V2 £129.00 

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HARDWARE 



COMMODORE 386 Bridgeboard For 1500/2000 £399.00 

ROM V2.04 AND ECS DEMISE , each £29.00 

A570 CD ROM for A500 £339.00 

MBX 4Mb 32 bit ram with 68831 co-pro for A12O0 £299.00 

PCMCIA Card 2Mb for A600 or A1200 (16 bit) £129.00 

PCMCIA Card 4Mb for A600 or AI200 (16 bit) £189.00 

AMIGA 3000 52Mb HD 2 Megs ram .,....,...£1195.00 

A530 40 MHz Accelerator, 120 Mb hard drive with 1 Mb ram £749.00 

DCTV 24 Bit Graphics Board £359.00 

GOLDEN GATE 386/25 Bridgeboard for 1500/2000/3000 £385.00 

AMIGA Al 500 Workbench 2 £409.00 

30 meg scsi Hard Drive Maxtor £199.00 

120 meg scsi Hard Drive Maxtor £289,00 

210 meg scsi Hard Drive Maxtor , £409.00 

1 meg simms 70 nanoseconds £28.00 

1 megsimms 60 nanoseconds .£33.00 



PRINTERS 



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I STAR LC24/100 Mono.. ..24 pin inc free lead £195.00 

j STAR LG100 9 pin colour inc. free lead £175.00 

j STAR LG20 9 pin mono inc. free lead £132.00 

I CITIZEN PROJET Inkjet mono printer inc, free lead £359,00 

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■ ROM 1.3/V2.0 Sharer by Keyboard reset (Rom 1.3 ) £22.00 i 

! A500 512k with clock £29.00 

I A600+ 1Mb £32.00 ABOOIMb £47.00 



HP DESKJET 550 COLOUR inkjet inc free lead £535.00 

! CITIZEN SWIFT 9 COLOUR 9 pin colour printer inc free lead £175.00 

1 CANON BJ10 EX bubble jet printer inc free lead £219.00 

I STARJET SJ43 bubble jet printer inc free lead , £205.00 

I HP DESKJET 500 inkjet inc free lead £349.00 

I HP DESKJET 500 COLOUR inkjet inc free lead £425.00 

j CITIZEN 200 COLOUR 24 pin printer inc free lead £217.00 

| CITIZEN 240E COLOUR. 24 pin printer inc. free lead £285.00 



ACCELERATORS 



MODEMS & FAX 



Speed Merchant Doubles Amiga A5O0 Speed £99.00 

GVP 68030 25Mhz WITH 1MEG RAM £545.00 



I Supra 14400 Fax Modem v32 bis inc. comms software £315.00 , 

j Supra 9600 v32 Fax/Modem inc. comms software £239.00 , 

j Supra 2400 Plus Fax/Modem £149.00 , 



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CONTENTS 



INSIDE THIS ISSUE 



Issue 25 - May 1993 

Editor: Cliff Ramshaw 
Art Editor: Diana Taylor 
Production Editor: Alex Soboslay 
Staff Writer: Gus Chandler 
Consultant Editors: Jeff Walker, 
Mark Smiddy, Ian Wrigley 
Contributors: Jason Holborn. Paul 
Overaa, Gary Whiteley, Dave 
Winder, Ian Wrigley, Toby Simpson, 
Wilf Rees, Jo I yon Ralph, Dave 
Green, Sophie Lankenau 
Cover illustration: Mike Roberts 
Illustration: El lie Grandison 
Ad Manager: Margaret Clarke 
Ad Production Manager: 
Richard Gingcll 
Ad Design: Lisa Withey 
Production Technicians: 
Mark Gover, Heath Parsons, Simon 
Windsor, Chris Stocker, Jon Moore 
Publisher: Stuart Anderton 
Group Publishing Director: 
Greg Ingham 

" ABC Member of the Audit 

I I Bureau of Circulations 

Audited circulation 

July - December 1992: 43,290 

Printed by Southernprint Ltd, 

Poole, Dorset 

Printed in the UK 

Circulation Director: Sue Hartley 

News Trade Distribution - 

UK: Future Publishing 0225 442244 

Worldwide: MMC Ltd 0483 211678 

Copyright © 1993 Future Publishing Ltd. 
No part of this magazine may be 
reproduced without written permission. 
We welcome contributions for publi- 
cation but regret that we cannot return 
any submissions. Any correspondence 
will be considered for publication unless 
you specifically state otherwise. 

Editorial 

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Tel: 0225 442244 Fax: 0225 446019 

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Advertising 

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Tel: 061-474 7333 Fax: 061-476 3002 

Subscriptions 

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Tel: 0458 74011 

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prewritten manuscript for publication. 
Send your answers to: "QWERTYUI0P is my 
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St. Bath BA1 2BW.. First correct answer out of 
'""" 12 free issues. Last i 




News 



7 Comms 



Problems with A1200s and repairs; CD-ROM royalty 
shock; Amiga Format Live show preview, developers' 
conference report and Amiga used in science fiction show 

Talking Shop 12 

Discussion of Wang's service and A1200 documentation 




Word processors 



14 

Don't miss this if you're looking for a word processor. 
We devote 10 whole pages to seeing just how nine of 
the best compare. Buying advice par excellence 



Cover disk 



26 



Get the most out of The Amiga Shopper Shareware 
Collection Volume til, which includes a complete text 
editor and a spelling checker 



Amiga Answers 



More of your hardware and software problems disappear 
in a puff of logic, courtesy of our expert panel 



Code Clinic 



44 



Toby Simpson takes his binary scalpel to a program that 
makes extensive use of the blitter 

Amiga Advocate ^!}gjw45 

We help you straighten out any legal ^**<£] 

problems you may have encountered with wily dealers 

Music 53 

Shhh! This month we're listening carefully to Microdeal's 
amazing 16-bif sampler, Clarity 16 

Video 56 

Testing out Microdeal's WdeoMaster combined digitser 
and audio sampler proved to be a moving experience 



AMOS Action 



62 



Jason Holborn shows you how to talk politely to AMOS 
Pro's Interface language PLUS answers to your AMOS 
code queries and how to write a timed input handler 



AmigaDOS 



Mark Smiddy returns to his Pesf clock-based reminder 
program and demonstrates how it can be vastly improved 
for users of Workbench 2 and 3. 



73 



Exactly how to log on to a bulletin board for the first time 
PLUS a look at what the Red Rose board has to offer 



ARexx 



78 



In which the file is opened on how to make disk accesses 

with the Amiga's latest language 

Reader Ads 83 

Looking for used Amiga kit? Look no further... 



C Programming 84 

Learn how to loop the loop with C PLUS advice on 
installing your 'include' files 



DIY Hardware repairs 



86 



We tell you what to do if your floppy drive flops or your 
chips get too greasy 



Mail order offers 



91 



Selected Amiga kit at special prices PLUS your chance to 
get hold of Amiga Shopper back issues and catch up with 
everything you've missed in the Amiga world 



Subscriptions 



98 



Don't miss out - guarantee your copy of Amiga Shopper 
and get it delivered to your door every single month 



29 User Groups 



102 



Meet your fellow Amiga enthusiasts 



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Public Domain World 



105 



Ian Wrigley casts his eye over the latest releases in the 
world of low-cost and no-cost software - everything from 
cookery to testing your Amiga's performance 



PD Competition 



107 



This is your chance to win a boat-load of public domain 
software. Turn to page 107 for the details 

Product Locator 116 

An at-a-gtance guide to the best in hardware 



70 Competition 



122 



Win a magnificent GVP A530 combined accelerator and 
hard disk unit, worth £800, and kindly donated by Silica 
Systems, Just answer the questions... 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



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of Hampshire Established 7 years It3" 



Amiga Workstation 
/Expansion System 

Monitor stand with shelf for drives etc. 
Strong metal construction made from 
1 4SWG steel epoxy coated. No Cables 
or mouse are included. 

Special price £27.50 



New Citizens 



Swift 240 

24pin Colour* 

Advanced 24pin printer, (Swift 24E 
replacement!. Phone for a data sheet 
* opt! oral colour. Price with cable & paper 

240 Mono £245 

240C Colour £265 

Swift 200 

24pin Colour* 

Enhanced 24pin printer, (Swift 224 
replacement.) Phone for a data sheet 
•optional colour. Price with cable & paper 

200 Mono £195 

200C Colour £219 

Citizen's Print Manager 

These advanced primer drivers transform 
colour printout's to laser type quality 

Version 1 (224 & 24E) £5 

Version 2 (Swift series 2) £10 

Drivers 1/2 price if bought with a printer 

Printer Drivers 

Canon BJ-10e/ex £5 

Deskjet 500 Colour £10 

Citizen 120D + 

with cable flic: 

Si paper t I I D 

All Citizen printers have 
2 year warranty 

Citizen Swift 9 

with cable Mono £155 
&paper Colour £179 

Panasonic 
KXP1 1 23 

Probably the best 24pin mono 
printer available. With cable & paper 

£169 
Panasonic/Epson 

KXP1170 9pin 134 

KXP1124i 24pin .... 215 

KXP2180 9pio Colour.... 189 
KXP2123 24pin Colour... 229 

Epson LX400 Spin 119 

Epson LQ570 24pin 265 

Prices include VAT cable & paper 

Naksha Scanner 

with touch up f iriQ 
software tiuo 



Deskjet 500 

HP 300dpi Inkjet printer. Laser 

quality at dot matrix price. 

3 year warranty. r> o o c 

With cable & paper Lo/D 



Deskjet Colour 

300dpi colour inkjet printer. 
Colour laser quality at 1 /1 of the cost. 
3 year warranty. n . A — 

With cable & paper £419 



New 



HP 



Deskjet 550C 

300dpi colour inkjet printer. 

Colour laser quality, with colour 

and black cartridges resident. 

3 year warranty. f C Q Q 

With cable & paper L3 ' 3 



Printer Packs 

All printers are supplied with a printer pack 
consisting of printer paper and a connection 
cable. _ _ . 

Free of charge 

A stand is £5.00 extra (with a printer) 



Type Through 
Protective Covers 



A5O0A50O+ A600&A1200 
[Please state modell £17.50 



Ink Refills 



BJ10 twin refill varoius colours 15.90 

Deskjet twin refill various colours 1 5.90 

(We stock 200 types of ribbons) 



New Prices 



GVP Series 2 

for A500 Hard Disks 

40Mb Hard Disk £299 

80Mb Hard Disk £369 

1 20Mb Hard Disk £459 

40Mb A530 Combo £645 

80Mb A530 Combo £739 

for A1 500 
40Mb Hard Disk 
80Mb Hard Disk 
1 20Mb Hard Disk 
Controller (no disk) 

GVP ram £29 per 1Mb 



New Price 



Commodore A590 
£189 



20M Hard Disk 
forA500 



Ram Upgrades 

A500 0.5-1 Mram + clock.... £24.90 
A500 0.5-1 Mram no clock ... £19.90 

A500 + IMram +clock £49.90 

A600 1Mram + clock £49.90 



Commodore 
1 084ST 

As 1084 S, but with stand 



£185 

with cable 



£181 

without cable 



Floppy Drives 



Cumana CAX354 



£49.90 



While stocks last 



Roc tec/Zappo 

All Amigas A500-A1 200 
1 M external' drive £453.90 



Amiga A1200 

5x faster. Workbench v3. 

2M ram. Custom graphic f"3 C I 

256K colours from 16.7M •-'J^ 1 



Amiga 500 + 



Cartoon 
Classic Pack 



Amiga A4000 



25MHz 6Mram 
Wb3 120MbHd 



Amiga A600 

Standard A600 single floppy 

£255 £249 

with game 



without software 



Amiga 600SD 



(D. Paint III, Grand Prix, Putty, Pushoverl 

£289 



Wild Weird 
& Wicked 



Naksha Mouse 

£21.50 



for Atari ST & Amiga 
with house & mat 



Squik Mouse 

for Atari ST & Amiga £13. 90 



Printer Dust Covers 

most types in stock 
from £4.70 



Canon BJ-10ex 



Commodore 
1084S 

1 4" Stereo Colour Monitor. 
Dot pitch 0.42mm. Medium Res. 



360dpi Inkjet printer 
with cable & paper 



£199 



£179 



£175 



with cable without cable 

Prices valid while stock lasts 



Star SJ-48 



360dpi Inkjet printer 
with cable & paper 



£199 



Star LC 100 



Spin colour with 
cable & paper 



£159 



Philips CM8833 MK2 

UK. 240V £2 1 5 witrl cabte 
+ game £211 without cable 

Some monitors include a free 

ST/ Amiga game 

Price valid for current stock only 



Star 



LC20Mono 9pin 119 

LC200 Colour 9pin 1 79 

LC2420 Mono 24pin 185 

LC24100Mono 24pin .,..175 
LC24200 Colour 24pin .. 259 
Prices include VAT cable & paper 



Kickstart Upgrades 

Commodore 2.04 full upgrade 79.00 
Kickstart ROM only v2.04 .... 41 .50 

Kickstart ROM only vl .3 29.00 

Phoenix rom sharer 24.95 

Keyb'd operated rom sharer 24.95 
VXL30 25MHz Accelarator ..239.00 
Fatter Angus custom chip .... 37.50 



Accessories 

3M Joystick/Mouse lead .... 3.75 

A500 Primer cable 7.95 

Modulator/Disk Extension 10.95 

23way Plug or socket 2.95 

A500 Dust Cover 4.70 

Mouse Mat (thick soft type) ., 4.95 

Mouse House , 2.95 

1M internal 3.5" drive 49.00 

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NEWS 



FRESH FRACTALS 

The latest version of the fractal art 
and animation package, FractalPro 
6.0, was released by MegageM In 
early March. It's a powerful tool for 
generating complex fractal images 
and animations and makes full use 
of the Amiga's new AGA chip set. 

FractalPro 6.0 Is available from 
California-based MegageM for 
$207.95, including shipping charges 
to the UK. Upgrades are available for 
owners of earlier versions. For 
further details contact MegageM 
■ 0101 805 349 1104. 

Changed venue 

If you were planning to visit the All 
Formats Computer Fair at Sandown 
Park on April 24 - don't. The incorrect 
venue was printed on the tickets. The 
show will actually be taking place at 
the Novotel in Hammersmith. For 
more information contact the 
organisers on: 0608 662212. 

AMIGA SALES 
BOOMING 

Recession? What recession? 
Commodore certainly seems to have 
escaped the worst ravages of our 
nation's current economic woes 
with an impressive rise of 27% In UK 
Amiga sales during 1992. 

Its recently released figures 
show that sales for last year in the 
UK rose to 388,000 units compared 
with the 298,000 Amiga's that were 
shipped during 1991. In particular, 
sales of the A1200 have been very 
encouraging - with 44,000 machines 
sold. Commodore's UK supremo, 
Kelly Sumner commented: "These 
figures show that Commodore 
dominates the home computer 
market in the UK. It's a position 
we've held for many years and one 
which, thanks to a new range of 
Amigas and a burgeoning PC 
division, we expect to maintain." 

Soles in '000s 



3B8 




S A RISC WITH PRINTER 



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On 



Oki's printer promises 



OKI has released a new 
machine into the mid-range sector 
of the printer market. 

The OL400e is a page printer 
that uses LED technology, which, it 
is claimed, produces crisper output 
and better grey-scaling than that of 
ordinary laser printers. Its resolution 
is 300 dots per inch. 

Keeping costs down is a strong 
selling point of the OL400e, which 
has a retail price of only £499. A 
power saving mode will automatically 



cheap running costs and high quality drop the printer's power 



consumption when it is idling, ready 
to increase when its services are 
required; while drum life has been 
extended to 20,000 pages and toner 
life has been extended to 2,000. 

Furthermore, the printer's RISC 
processor provides data 
compression to make the most 
efficient use of its standard 0.5Mb 
of memory. This is expandable in 
stages up to a maximum of 4.5Mb. 

For more information on the 
0L400e contact OKI *» 0753 
819819. 



Service delays for 
A600/1200 owners 



-•Year 



Some users of A600s and 1200s 
have experienced considerable 
delays when they've had cause to 
request an engineer's visit under the 
free 12 month in-home warranty that 
covers all UK purchasers. 

Commodore's Warranty 
Registration Card offers the home 
service guarantee on a 'four working 
day basis', but a number of reports 
from Amiga Shopper readers indicate 
that in January and February waiting 
times of between four and six weeks 
were commonplace. Several factors 
seem to have contributed to these 
delays. Initially, Wang - 
Commodore's sub-contracted service 
agent - was overwhelmed by the 
volume of calls received. 
Commenting on the problems, Terry 
Wicks, Business Service Manager for 
Wang said: "The major sales success 
of Amiga products during the 
Christmas period led to an unforseen 
number of customer calls 
immediately prior to Christmas. This 
caused a number of problems for 
Wang with the sheer volume of 
activity. However, Wang has made 
and continues to make significant 
investment in personnel and systems 
to ensure that Commodore users 
receive the highest levels of service". 

A further contributing factor was 
the distribution of a batch of some 
2,000 A120OS (around 5% of 
Commodore's pre-Christmas sales) 
fitted with faulty modulators, and a 
subsequent shortage of spare parts. 
We've been given to understand that 
Wang's service engineers now have 
adequate stocks of replacement 
modulators and that these are being 
fitted as and when faulty units are 



reported. It may well be, 
though, that a number of 
A 1200 purchasers who use 
a monitor won't be aware 
that they have a faulty 
modulator circuit. If you only 
use your A1200 with a 
monitor, you should take the 
time to check the modulator 
by connecting the 1200 to a 
TV set while you are still 
within the one year warranty 
period. 

Additional problems 
stemmed from the fact that 
while Wang has considerable 
experience in fulfilling 
computer service 
agreements in the business 
environment it has had 
relatively little in the 
consumer marketplace. This 
meant that the company found itself 
arranging engineer visits when some 
very basic telephone support would 
have solved the problem. These 
'faults' often turned out to require no 
more of a technical fix than pushing 
a lead securely home, or adjusting 
the video tuning screw next to the RF 
modulator socket. A number of disk 
drive faults were cured by showing 
the user how to write-enable a diskl 
Wang tells us that it has now 
introduced a more detailed telephone 
diagnosis service to help eliminate 
these spurious call-outs. 

We talked to Steve 
Merryweather, UK Operations 
Manager for Commodore, who, while 
expressing concern and regret about 
these 'teething problems', told us 
that he now reviews response times 
on 'a daily basis'. He went on to say; 




A batch of faulty A1200s contributed 
to the delays in service engineers 
repairing Amigas on-site 

"I am confident that Wang now has 
the resources in place to meet its 
contractual obligations". 

Amiga Shopper wilf be keeping a 
close eye on the situation over the 
coming months to check that these 
teething problems have been 
resolved - and we will be reporting 
further in a future issue. 

If you have need to use the in- 
home service warranty and 
experience an unreasonable delay, 
we'd like to hear from you. Drop us a 
line giving details of the surrounding 
circumstances and send it to: 

Service Report, Amiga Shopper, 30 
Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAT 1993 



NEWS 




FREE 

MOUSE 

MATS 




Spectra Video has 

just released a new 

mouse mat under 

the Logic3 brand 

name. It's worth 

£3.99 and we've 

got 25 of them to giveaway, If you 

want the chance to win one, simply 

write your name and address on the 

back of a postcard (or sealed 

envelope) and send it to: What's The 

Matter?, Amiga Shopper, 29 

Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2DL. 

The first 25 cards out of the hat on 

May 10 win - it's as simple as that. 



Art Department re-stocked 

ASDG has announced an upgrade to its popular Art Department Professional 
Image processing package. 

Version 2.3's major improvement lies in the links it now has with other 
Amiga video tools. It comes with complete support for NewTek's Video Toaster, 
being able to read and write its Frame store file format and opening up the 
possibility of users in a network manipulating Toaster images without actually 
posessing Toaster-equipped machines. 

Links have also been forged with Electronic Arts' Deluxe Paint IV package 
and Centaur Developments' OpatPaint. Users of either of these programs will 
now be able to load, save and work on images in any file format comprehensible 
to ADPro. The new version will be distributed in the UK by HB Marketing w 0753 
6S6000, but a price has yet to be fixed. ASDG w 0101 608 273 6585. 

INSTALL YOUR HARD DRIVE 

The First Computer Centre has satisfied the demand created by Commodore's 
tardiness at supplying hard disk installation software for the A12O0. 

For the price of £5.99 The First Computer Centre is selling a disk that 
comes with documentation and programs to prep, partition and format hard 
disks. Also included is a program that will install Workbench and its associated 
files to the hard disk. The First Computer Centre » 0532 319444. 



Commodore hike CD 
Ities by 1 200% 




For the past few weeks there has 
been considerable comment on the 
bulletin boards about a recent 
announcement that Commodore is 
to Increase the royalty payment it 
charges on CDs by 1200%. 

The price hike from 25c to $3 
was announced at the recent 
software developers conference in 



Orlando and came as a shock to 
many of the delegates. One 
commented to us: "This looks like 
the last nail in the coffin for CDTV; in 
particular it's going to have a major 
impact on PD releases." Commodore 
was, understandably, putting a much 
more positive spin on the news. UK 
MD, Kelly Sumner, told Amiga 
Stopper that: "It is public knowledge 
that Commodore is committed to CD- 
ROM technology. Commodore took 
the lead position with the release of 
CDTV and started what we believe 
will be the mass installation of CD- 
ROMs in homes worldwide. In order 
to be successful long-term in this 
marketplace, we believe we need to 
improve both our installed base and 
our developer support. These efforts 
require investment and we consider it 
appropriate to share this with 



companies who will also take a share 
of the potential benefits. We do not 
believe the royalties require higher 
software prices as they are not in the 
same league as the royalties 
demanded by Sega or Nintendo." 

The rumours currently circulating 
in the industry are that Commodore 
has pushed through this price rise 
prior to announcing a new series of 
Amigas with integral CD-ROM drives, 
A move to built-in CD-ROMs presents 
benefits for both software publishers 
and end-users. The opportunities for 
software piracy will be substantially 
reduced, which should lead to more 
developers committing the 
substantial resources needed to 
develop professional packages. 
Whether Commodore's move will help 
or hinder the development of CD- 
ROM technology remains to be seen. 




New Horizon Computers' Vanilla 
monitors are compatible with the 
new AG A screen modes 

NEW MONITORS 

Two high resolution monitors 
compatible with the AG A screen 
modes of the A1200 and A4000 
have been launched by New Horizon 
Computers. 

Constituting the Vanilla range, 
the monitors are available in both 15 
and 17 inch screen sizes, utilising 
Flat Screen Technology. Prices are 
yet to be fixed, but are said by the 
company to be 'very affordable'. The 
monitors have a dot pitch of 0.28mm 
and a video bandwidth of 80MHz. 
More details from New Horizon 
Computers « 0989 750260. 

New Display 

The Amiga Centre Scotland is 
distributing an exciting new display 
card for the A1500 and above range 
of Amigas. 

The Retina, at a starting price of 
£345, is a low-cost graphics solution 
that provides a 24-bit 16 million 
colour display at resolutions of up to 
800x600. A resolution of l,280x 
1,024 is selectable with a 256 colour 
palette. The card is compatible with 
a wide range of monitors, including 
VGA, 1084 and 1960s. 

A feature of Retina is its 
Workbench emulation software, 
which enables Workbench-based 
applications to run on the display 
board, eliminating the need for two 
monitors. Retina Is available In a 
variety of RAM configurations: 1Mb 
for £345, 2Mb for £409 and 4Mb for 
£499. Amiga Centre Scotland » 089 
687 583. 



NEW TECHNOLOGY IN EPSON PRINTER ^'3!^ 




Epson's Stylus 

800 makes use of piezo-electrlc 

technology to provide a claimed 

Improvement in both speed and 

output quality 



Epson's latest ink jet printer makes 
use of the company's newly- 
developed piezoelectric print head 
technology. 

The Sty/us 800 has a retail price 
of £379, for which you get a machine 
capable of a top speed of 150 
characters per second at a laser 
printer-beating resolution of 360 dots 
per inch. 

The new technology used in the 
print head, which makes use of tiny 
piezo crystals to create miniature 



'pistons' to pump the ink, ensures 
that dots are crisp and circular in 
shape. It also results in an increase 
in reliability, which means that in 
normal use the printhead should 
never need replacing during the 
printer's lifetime. 

Four scalable and fifteen 
bitmapped fonts are provided. 
Software control is implemented via 
the ESC/P2 printer control language. 

For more details contact Epson i 
0442 61144. 



Amiga distributor ZCL has received 
official blessing from Commodore UK 

to sell A 12 00s equipped with hard 
drives and with on-site service 
warranties intact. 

Two configurations are available 
via ZCL's Indi Direct stores and 
Calculus franchises: the A1200 
HD60, with a 60Mb drive; and the 
A1200 HD80, with an 80Mb drive. 
Indi Direct and Calculus stores will 
also fit hard drives to current 
A1200s, again without voiding your 
warranty. 



8 



AMIGA SHOPPER t ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



Add graphics to videos, download from BBSs, send faxes, genlock, increase 

memory and more. With these top-of-the-line hardware products from Supra 

electronic-design, and bsc, it's easy to expand your Amiga's potential. 



fro& 



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Genlocks 

Three feature-loaded genlocks for Amiga 
DTV producers. Each features fading, 
superimposing, colour splitting and RGB 
output. 




Sirius Genlock (pictured) £749.95 

■ support? Y-C arid composite signals 

■ transcodes Y-C to composite and vice-versa 

monitor bypass 

Y-C Genlock forsvHS/VHS use £499.95 
PAL Genlock for vhs use £329.95 

Realtime Digitiser for 
A2000 7A3O0O 7A4000 

Achieve realtime digitising with the 
FrameMachine. 




- single-frame and sequence digitising in up to 
16.8 miiiion colours 

- 24bk animation 
video mixer option 

FrameMachine Basic Board £379.95 

FrameMachine & Prism-24 

(24bit Framebuffer) £659.95 

FrameS to re: FrameMachine 

plus Art Department £379.95 

Flicker Fixer for Genlocks £209.95 



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Modem 

Looking for a fax/modem communications 
solution? You'll want a Supra modem. 





fax/data modem with error correction, data 
compression and full Croup 3 compatibility 
view fanes on screen or print them to paper 
create high quality faxes using any Amiga 
program (PageStream, DPaim, Wordworth, etc.) 
■ includes everything you need to start work: 
software, necessary cables, etc. 

Supra v.32bis Fax Modem £399.95 
Supra Fax Modem Plus £1 79.95 

Memory Expansion 

Add up to 8MB of fast RAM to your Amiga 
500 with this compact memory expansion. 



slimline 
design 

on/off switch 
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consumption 
throughport 
for other 
peripheral 




Supra 500RX 2MB 



£169.95 



Floppy Drive 

Supra's slimline external drive is the ideal 
add-on for any Amiga. 

no more drive click 

• bootbloek protector to stop viruses 

• passthrough for additional drives 

Supra Drive £64.95 



A600/A1200 

Memory 

Expansion 

Get fast RAM memory 
expansion for the 
A600/A1 200 with 
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IDE Hard Drive Controller 

Here's a low cost alternative to a SCSI 
controller for the A2000. 

■ compact, autobooting IDE hard drive controller 

■ expandable to 2, 4, 6, 8MB RAM 

■ Rigid Disk Biock compatible 

■ compatible with PC and A1200/A4000 hard disks 

AT-Bus 2008 £89.95 

Parallel/Serial Ports 

Two parallel ports and two serial ports in 
one card. Connect modems, scanners, 
printers and more - once and for all - 
without sacrificing transfer rates. 




■ Parnet and C-Net compatible 

■ fu 1 1 y co m pati ble w i th Com modo re ports 

■ fully multitasking 

serial ports feature safe data transfer up to 

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NEWS 



It's showtime: 
live the dream 

We give you the full low-down on May's 
Amiga Format Live Show. Read on to see 
why it promises to be such a lively event 

F 



AMIGA 

WEMBLEY EXHIBITION CENTRE 

7-9 MAY 1993 



rem May 7 till May 9, the 
Wembley Exhibition Centre 
will be engulfed by hordes 
of Amiga enthusiasts eager 
to see the latest and greatest 
releases on the hardware and 
software fronts. 

The occasion is the Amiga 
Format Live show, a celebration of all 
things Amiga and a show-case for 
the intensely creative and 




The 
show goes on from where 
the Amiga Shopper Show left off 



entrepreneurial third party 
manufacturers who support it. It's 
not just a chance to seeof the 
Amiga's future, but also a place to 
learn, to relax, and to pick up some 
bargains. 

Although sponsored by Amiga 
Format, the show takes over from 
last year's Amiga Shopper Show. And 
you'll certainly be able to find us 
there in force. 

Of course, there'll be a 
huge number of manufacturers 
and publishers present to show 
their latest wares: 
• Care Electronics, with a new 
version of Flexidump. 
• Digita International will be 
showing Wordworth 2 AGA, 
new fonts and clip art. 
a • Electronic Arts will have 
^J version 2 of its Deluxe 
H Music Construction Kit on 
__—- -^ display. 

# Gasteiner will have a new mouse, 
hard drive and hand scanner. 

• HIQ's stand will be showing an 



'040 accelerator and 
AVideo. 

• New Horizons Computers 
will show Blizzard RAM 
expansions for the A1200. 

• Power Computing will be 
showing a high density 
floppy drive and a range of 
new memory expansions. 

• Quill Marketing, with its 
textile transfer paper, will be 
printing direct to textiles. 

• Rombo will have two new 
launches; one a 24-bit 
digitiser, the other a 
secret... 

Get your tickets now on 
the hotline « 051 356 5085 
(see page 100 for details). 

We have six pairs of 
tickets to give away to the 
first six entries out of the 
hat on April 30. Just put your name 
and address on a postcard or SAE 
and send it to: Freebies! Amiga 
Shopper, 29 Monmouth Street, Bath 
BA1 2DL. 




Amiga Format is the world's best- 
selling Amiga magazine. You can be 
sure the team that puts it together 
will bring you a show like no other 



SOUND AND VISION... THE GAMES ARCADE 



4 



See ASDG's mind- 
bending Morph Plus in action 
One of the things that will set the 
Amiga Format Live show apart from 
other, lesser, shows, is its broad 
range of seminars and product 
demonstrations. In particular the 
show will be focussing on the 
Amiga's abilities in the areas of 



music and graphics, catered for by 
the Sound And Vision Experience. 

Experts will be on hand to give 
seminars on the following areas of 
Amiga creativity: 

• Music and sound effects, featuring 
Sunrize's AD 10 16 sound card, 
Yamaha keyboards, and the Bars & 
Pipes and Music X sequencers. 

• Animation and special effects, with 
Deluxe Paint, Morph Plus, Art 
Department Pro and OpalVision. 

• Titling and genlocks, courtesy of 
Hama's genlocks, Roctec's Chroma 
Key and Scala. 

• Video Editing, performed with 
Editman and Wdeo Pilot. 

If you want to see what your Amiga is 
really capable of, check out the 
Sound And Vision Experience. 




Virgin Games' Goal is just one of the 
many new releases you'll be able to 
have a good go at in the Amiga Power 
Games Arcade 

OK, admit ft: how many of you play 
the odd game? Well, now's your 

chance to try out the hottest 
releases from some of the biggest 
names In Amiga games publishing. 

A whole 150 metre section of the 
Wembley Exhibition Centre will be 
devoted to the Amiga Power Games 
Arcade. Here you'll be able to meet 



the team responsible for our sister 

magazine (they're really rather nice, 
actually), have a good chat with 
them, argue about their choice of the 
top 100 games, and maybe 
challenge them to a stand-off 
competition. 

As well as old favourites, there'll 
be plenty of new releases for you to 
choose from: 

• Virgin will be launching Dune 2, 
Goal, Beneath The Steel Sky and 
Apocalypse. 

• Gremlin will be drawing the crowds 
with HeroQuest 2: The Legacy Of 
Sorasil and Litil Divil. 

• While Microprose will be unveiling 
Bl 7 and Gunship 2000. 

Prizes are up for grabs from each 
publisher for top scorers, so come 
along and have a go. 



10 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



US NEWS 



This month I've asked my ol' 
partner Terry Kepner to 
give you the low-down on 
Babylon 5, a hot new 
science fiction TV program that's 
been put together with the aid of 
Amigas. See the box-out below for 
the space-age details. 

Back on planet Earth, though, 
it's been snowing like a madman. 
But soon the snow squalls will be 
history and the World of Commodore 
Amiga show in New York City will 
sizzle with excitement (keep your hair 
on, Amigos - I'll be giving ya a full 
report next month}. Nothing cooks 
better than a scorching accelerator 
for your Amiga. Owners of the new 
Amiga A1200 will now be able to add 
an accelerator, thanks to the folks at 
Great Valley Products. 

They call it the A1230 Turbo. We 
call it Firepower! This 40MHz 
accelerator that can be easily 
installed inside the expansion bay on 
the bottom of the A1200 computer. 
Two SIMM sockets allow for the 
expansion of up to 32Mb of 32-bit 
wide 60ns DRAM. The A1230 Turbo 
also includes a socket for an 
optional FPU, which dramatically 



increases the performance of 
floating-point intensive applications. 

This system uses the same 
technology as that found in GVP's 
Turbo and Combo family of 
accelerators, and comes with 1Mb of 
32-bit RAM in a modular RAM design 
that allows users many options for 
adding memory. When 4Mb SIMMS 
are used, the A1230 can be 
configured with either 4Mb or 8Mb of 
RAM. The accelerator will also accept 
16Mb SIMMs, which allows for RAM 
expansion up to 32Mb. Other options 
allow the user to install various 
combinations of 1Mb, 4Mb and 
16Mb SIMMs. 

The suggested list price for the 
A1230 Turbo is US$499.00. Want to 
feel the heat? Contact: Great Valley 
Products, 600 Clark Avenue, King of 
Prussia, PA 19406. « 0101 215 
337-8770. Silica Systems will be 
handling the product in the UK, 
selling it for £399. Silica » 081 309 
1111. 

Well, buckaroos, there's five feet 
of snow in my driveway that needs 
shovelin', so here's your Amiga 
cowboy sayin' 'Whoopie-ty-yi-brrrrrrr 
and wishing fer spring, big-time!' 








Bob Liddil reports on 
GVP's aim to satisfy 
the need for speed, 
while Terry Kepner 
tells an Amiga tale of 
scientific fiction 




AMIGAS IN SPACE - A REPORT BY TERRY KEPNER 



With the assistance of Commodore Amigas, 
Video Toasters, and lots of hard work, Babylon 5 
beamed Into television sets across the US the 
last week of February. An accurate 
understanding of science, drama, and computers 
enabled Joe Straczynski, the creator and 
producer of the science-fiction series, to make a 
two-hour premier episode on time and under- 
budget. And that budget was one-quarter the 
amount spent by their competition at Paramount. 

"The use of Amigas was intru mental in 
keeping costs down, and will continue to be so in 
the future," says Jim Straczynski. "We'll be able to 
use a lot of new special effects footage in every 
episode of the series, unlike Star Trek - The Next 
Generation, for instance, which generally uses the 
same shots with different planetary backgrounds, 
and the same fly-by shot On average, we'll be 
able to do 3 to 4 new minutes of footage for every 
show, and can build up from there. Combined with 
the stock that we will have and which will grow as 
we go, that'll give us a heck of a look." 

Straczynski attributes the realistic look of the 
special effects to the methods used in creating 
the computer models. "The way standard space 
special effects are done is that they create a plate 
of a starfield; over this, they put a plate of a 
planet, then finally overlay a plate of, say, a ship 
going by," explains Straczynski. 

SOLAR SYSTEM IN A BOX 

"Nothing is really to size or in perspective. Ron 
Thornton, our FX Supervisor, has created in the 
computer a sector of space about as big as a 
solar system. He's put the star in one place, 
Babylon 5 in another, the planet and moon in still 
another, and anything that enters that system - 
ships or anything else - is sized to scale. It's all 
created to the actual scale involved. So, when an 



object moves through that sector of space, it's 
moving through 'real space,' with everything in its 
proper perspective. Consequently, the eye accepts 
it as more real, more three-dimensional. Things 
moving away recede into the proper size and 
distance, and approach growing in correct size and 
perspective. It's really a stunning effect." 

On the subject of special effects and the rest 
of the series, Straczynski says: "I can't elaborate, 
but the first script that I've turned in for an hour- 
episode has an extremely elaborate special 
effects sequence - several of them, actually, 
which are linked - which goes considerably beyond 
anything we demonstrated in the pilot. 

ARRIVAL OF THE GOOD STUFF 

"Ron went over the sequence, and apparently it 
poses no problem. Beyond that, we have general 
plans to push this new technology to the absolute 
edge of its capabilities. The pilot was a test... the 
good stuff \s yet to come!" 

Foundation Imaging started the special effects 
work in June and delivered the last shot in the first 
week of November. There are around 50 shots, 
all of which were completed with about a dozen 
Video Toasters. "If it weren't for those little 
boxes," says Mojo, one of the series animators, 
"Babylon 5 would look a heck of a lot less 
spectacular. Originally they were going to go with 
traditional models and motion control," he adds, 
"but when Ron showed Joe and the rest of the 
producers what could be done with the same 
money on the Toaster, Babylon 5 suddenly had 
more FX shots than I think an entire season of 
Star Trek! 

To produce the many exterior space 
sequences, a basic Toaster configuration of an 
Amiga 20O0 with 32Mb of RAM and RCS 25MHz 
'040 was used. Eight of these were constantly 



rendering to a 4Gb network, each one working on 
one frame at a time. 

Even with this arrangement, some sequences 
took a geat deal of time to create. The title 
sequence, and the ending shot that pulls back ten 
kilometers from Babylon 5's observation dome 
window in one take, required three hours or so per 
frame for the computers to render. With eight 
computers running, this represented three hours 
of real-time to make a film sequence a third of a 
second in length. Fortunately, computers don't 
require breaks, sleep, or weekends off. 

"There were no Macintoshes used at any 
stage in the Babylon 5 FX work," says Mojo. 
"Some of their 3D software was considered for the 
show but, in the end, Lightwave and the Toaster 
won out. Most of the texture maps were created in 
Deluxe Paint IV and modified in ToasterPaint, 
usually to dirty them down. 

"I suppose it is inevitable that some people 
will think these shots look computer-generated 
and some will think they look real," he continues. 
"Some of the work leans one way or the other, but 
after discussing this ourselves, we decided that 
what's important is that the stuff looks cool." 
Anyone care to argue with that? 

DOING IT ON THE DESK 

When asked about The Last Starfighter, another 
movie that made extensive use of computer- 
generated special effects for its space graphics, 
Mojo says: "The Last Starfighter was wonderful, 
but it was done on Cray computers seven or eight 
years ago. Technology has obviously progressed, 
and now people can achieve superior results on a 
desktop level. This is the sort of revolution that 
Newtek is pushing and Foundation Imaging has 
been the first out of the gate to fully utilize this 
new technology." 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



LETTERS 




Welcome to the Amiga world's liveliest letters 
pages - where you get the chance to speak your 
mind. So join your host, the editor, Cliff Ramshaw, 
for some more no-holds-barred bantering. All you 
have to do to be included is send your missive to: 
'Talking Shop', Amiga Shopper, 30 Monmouth 
Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW. Get to it!... 



PROGRAMMING 
PROPOSALS 

When you started off the C 
programming series I was delighted 
with your proposal to cater for 
NorthC PD users, I'm never going to 
spend the exhorbitant sum 
demanded by the other lot so I was 
already on board on NorthC but 
struggling. So C Programming is 
greatly appreciated but. If I'm not 
mistaken, some of the more recent 
listings have not been NorthC 
compatible. I have managed to get 
them to work with minor changes 
but I can imagine that in more 
advanced programs modifications 
could be much more difficult. So 
please could they be made NorthC 
compatible at source? 

The 'Assembly time' article in 
the March Issue [AS 23] was 
excellent. Again, I've had a go at 
this previously and again with 
limited success. When at the end 
Paul said "but we'll save these for 
another time" I optimistically 
assumed he meant the April Issue. 
Alas, this was not to be! I for one 
would be pleased to see this as a 
regular feature. And I could get full 
use of the a68k assembler on the 
cover disk! 

Ian Mitchell 
Troon 

You're right about the C series: a 
slfp-up resulted in a couple of listings 

not being NorthC compatible. They ail 
will be from now on. 

I'm glad you liked the article on 
assembly language. We will certainty 
be running more, and the more 



positive feedback from people such 
as yourself, the sooner this is likely 
to happen. 

SHODDY CHAUFFEUR 

Ricking through some of the 
adverts in the magazine, I have 
noticed many advertisers selling the 
HP DeskJet 550C. As part of the 
sales blurb, they mention that the 
printer has scalable fonts built In 
and can produce 'crisp' blacks with 
colour. I would like to inform the 
readers that this is Indeed true... if 
you've got a PC, that is! Hewlett 
Packard only supplies drivers for the 
PC market and as far as I can see it 
doesn't give a stuff about a few 
hundred thousand Amiga owners out 
there. Is there no way we can 
encourage the company to write a 
driver for our computer? 

I'm lucky enough to own a 
Vortex 386SX enulator, so I've been 
able to try the driver that HP supply 
for the PC, producing wonderful A4 
mono and colour printouts with true- 
type fonts coming out in 5-10 mlns. 
Compare that with muddy green 
text (composite black) and pages 
with Compugraphic fonts printed at 
a rate of... well, let's just say you 
could go and make your dinner and 
eat It by the time the Amiga is 
finished printing. (Remember I'm 
using a PO(!) HP 500C driver.) 

Until the Amiga can get more 
support from the hardware 
manufacturers (such as Star, Canon 
and Citizen) It seems it will never be 
able to benefit fully from new 
technology, and hence not gain the 
respect or credibility from the public 



and 'serious' computing community 
that It fully deserves. 

Chi KwongChlu 
N e wcast le-U pon-Tyne 

It's a fair point, but printer 
manufacturers, including some of 
those you mention, are beginning to 
see the benefits of writing Amiga- 
specific printer drivers. Let's hope 
more do the same. 

IS IT GOOD ENOUGH? 

Having for several years toyed with 
the idea of buying an Amiga for 
recording FAX and WX satellite 
images, I Immediately saw that the 
A1200 could be useful. 

The claims by the maker of up 
to 256,000 colours simultaneously 
on-screen plus excellent resolution 
were well above anything I required. 

But one other stipulation is that 
I should be able to program the 
computer myself for any task, 
including the above, Independently 
of commercial products. 

My existing Spectrum and 
Electron are capable of being 
programmed without external add- 
ons or programs but of course they 
have only very limited colours and 
resolution. 

I visited two local stockists with 
a request that they demostrate 256 
colours on-screen. This was 
unsuccessful. I was told that they 
still did not have the software. I 
would have thought that, bearing in 
mind the maker's blurb, the OS 
should have been capable of doing 
this. I am rapidly coming to the 
conclusion that I am wasting my 
time trying to get real information 
on the A1200. I hope you wilt be 
able to alter my views. 

BD Barman 
Burton on Trent 

The problem you've come up against 

is, 1 think, a product of the change 

that is occurring 

in personal 

computing at 

large. The days 

are gone when 

the majority of 

users buy their 

machines to 

spend happy 

hours 

programming and 

tinkering. Sad but 

true; most Amiga 

owners, with the 

exception of 

many of our 

readers, are 

simply not 

interested in 

programming. 

Computers are now sold either as 

games machines or productivity 

tools. As such they are no longer 

supplied with programming 



languages built in (although the 
excel lent- ARexx language is supplied 
with the A1200), and you have to buy 
a commercial package if you intend 
to program the machine to any level 
of complexity. 

LEARNING MANUALLY 

I have just purchased a new A1200 
and was shocked to hear that 
Commodore doesn't supply an 
AmigaDOS book with the new 
A1200. When I phoned the company 
up I was told it might be bringing 
one out later. 

What Is the use of a Shell If you 
haven't got an AmigaDOS book of 
commands to use it? 

Am i to believe that in its haste 
to get a new computer on the 
market Commodore cut corners and 
thought to sort it out later? 

I do believe purchasers of 
A1200s have been short-changed 
and wonder if Commodore Is going 
to do something about it soon? 

Stu Mackay 
Barnstaple 

Sad, isn't it? 1 don't think it's a 
question of Commodore rushing the 
machine to market without a manual, 
but that a decision has been made 
to sell an AmigaDOS manual 
separately, just like the other 
reference books. Mind you, the 
documentation previously supplied 
as standard was nothing short of 
abysmal anyway.,, 

COMMS CON? 

Having owned my first modem, a 
Supra FAXModem V32bls, for a 
couple of weeks, 1 am feeling very 
confused and even annoyed. 

When my 14400 baud wonder 
'negotiates' at best a 2400 baud 
connection with one of the many 
bulletin boards I find myself doing 
the same thing every time - wading 
through pages of various menus and 




Bulletin boards can seem complicated enough, without the 
worry of having to contribute useful software to them 



message options, desperate to 

show the 'sysop' that I am not Just 
there to download as many files as I 
can In the shortest possible time. 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



LETTERS 



However, after managing to exit 
from the maze of messages, I 
decide to peruse the file areas and 
discover there are a few programs 1 
would like to download. I mark the 
files and prepare for transmission 
when I am suddenly confronted with 
the 'upload/download ratio': "You 
have requested to download 164k 
but your allocation is Ok - you must 
upload before you can proceed"! 

How and what am I supposed to 
upload when: (a) I am not a 
programmer, and (b) what files I 
have on my disks are either 
copyright or, If they are PD, the 
bulletin board Is bound to have them 
already? 

1 am aware that If nobody ever 
uploaded files the bulletin board 
would be a dying concept but surely 
90% of the computing population 
have to rely on the programmers for 
this? Apart from that I thought the 
whole idea of public domain meant 
software that Is accessable to 
everybody, not Just those who have 
a good upload/download ratio. 

Jonathan Williams 
Basingstoke 

it's a shame that upload/download 
ratio restrictions are used. Sure, 
they're meant to prevent users just 
logging on to strip BBSs of files and 
taking up too much of the BBSs' 
computer time; but as you point out, 
not every user is able to contribute 
useful uploads, and those that can 
would probably do so even if they 
weren't required to maintain a ratio. 
Perhaps someone out there can 
think of a better solution to the 
problem? 

GETTING TOGETHER 

As one of the many over-50s who is 
no longer In employment, I bought 
an A500 Plus as a way of keeping 
the grey matter alive and to use for 
adding titles to my video films. My 
main Interest has always been films 
and for over 30 years I dabbled in 
home movies until a few years ago 
when I bought a camcorder, 
followed by an Amiga last year. 

Although I feel I am doing 
reasonably well, there must be 
many people out there who are in a 
similar position to me: with lots of 
time on their hands, an Amiga, and 
constant headaches In trying to get 
to grips with It. Your magazine Is 
excellent and covers a wide range 
of subjects but it can be frustrating 
for those of us who are venturing 
into a subject that Is mlndblowlng 
for first-timers of our age but comes 
naturally to a generation younger. 
What is required is a simple method 
of discussing problems, exchanging 
tips and information and general Q 
& As sessions designed for 
newcomers. 

I have been unable to find any 



A TRUE HORROR STORY 



No, this Is not one of those technical 
letters going on about the SCSI 
interface or high density drive. I 
don't care If the damn thing has a 
DSP or not. I would just like to own 
an Amiga 1200 that works properly! 

My first A1200 had a problem 
with its modulator - at certain times 
different colours would flicker across 
the screen. Also the sound was 
distorted. I took It back and got 
another one. 

A1200 number two's display did 
not flicker at all. The quality of 
output from the modulator seemed 
much sharper than the old A50G and 
this was very pleasing, but the 
sound through the modulator was 
still distorted. The third time I turned 
on this machine the mouse would 
only move left and right. 

A1200 number three had the 
same problem as the first. Super 
TwinTris and the Light Cycles demo 
were the best things to run to 
demonstrate the problem - the 
Super TwinTris menu screen 
flickered horribly, The sales 
assistant gave me another computer 
and Jokingly {I hoped) told me not to 
come back! 

Amiga number four did not have 
a flickering screen or a mouse 
problem - but it did have distorted 
sound. I thought I would see If I 



could tune the modulator to a 
different frequency, thinking that 
perhaps the distortion was Inter- 
ference on a particular frequency. 

I turned the fine tuning screw - 
ooops! I must have screwed It too 
far; the tuning screw seemed now 
detached from anything. 

I called the Nottingham branch 
of the store. The sales assistant 
gave me the number for Wang so 
that my computer could be fixed 
under warranty, I phoned Wang on 
December 21 and an operator 
Informed me that the engineers 
normally work on a four-day call-out 
but, because it was Christmas, I 
would have to wait a week or so. 
Two weeks later I called them again. 
By this time a new telephone 
queuing system had been Installed 
and it took about 15 minutes waiting 
before I got through. I arranged for 
an engineer to come round on 
Tuesday, January 12. 

After many phone calls and much 
confusion a technician came out a 
week later. He gave me A1200 
number five. He could not change 
the modulator because Commodore 
was not shipping parts yet. He also 
told me that Commodore had 
changed the modulator design from 
the early ones because of 
'problems'. While he was here we 



tested out the new computer. On the 
Workbench screen, before I clicked 
en It, the blue title bar flickered to 
purple. The technician took note of 
this and told me that if it got worse 
he would change the machine again. 

When I loaded Wordwortb and 
opened a document the fault showed 
Its face again, now much worse than 
on the Workbench. The colours 
change in bands down the screen. 
For example with a blue title bar you 
get stripes of purple appearing 
where there should be blue. The 
pointer Is affected also. This fault 
also occurs on PageStream 2.2 and 1 
would guess on many Workbench 
applications. 

Wang has since brought round 
four new A1200s and alt these have 
exhibited the same fault. Two of my 
friends have 1200s and they too 
have the same fault. It may still be a 
modulator problem but I de not have 
a monitor to test the programs on. I 
hope you can Investigate this and 
get a solution from Commodore to 
what seems like a very serious 
problem with the Amiga 1200. 

David McCormick 
Hatfield 

I'm sorry to hear you've had so much 
trouble, David. You're not alone -turn 
to page 7 for the full story. 



evening classes devoted to the 
Amiga and even the DSS office 
could not find a class on computer 
graphics. It seems that there is a 
real need for us crumblies to band 
together and play our own tunes. 

So what about It? Are there any 
of you out there who have reached 
the Big 50, live within a reasonable 
radius of Coulsdon in Surrey and feel 
that you would like to get involved 
in forming a group with other 
Dinosaurs? 

If so, drop me a line and let's 
get cracking. All correspondence 
will be answered. Look forward to 
hearing from you. 

Frank Barron 

2B The Wend 

Coulsdon 

Surrey CR5 2 AX 

Good luck! 

NUMBERLESS AS THE 
WINGS OF TREES 

I'm appealing to all you PD 
programmers out there. Develop a 
word counter utility that will work 
on any file created by any Amiga 

word processor program. A facility 
such as this would save a lot of 
time and be more economical than 



producing a printout to see how 
many words you've done, plus it 
would always be more accurate 
than an estimated guess. 

Julie Thompson 
Stockton-on-Tees 

Such a task shouldn't give a 
programmer too much trouble, 
should it? 

UNTO THE DUSTBIN 

It would seem that the Amiga Is 
now finally consigned to the 
business dustbin. 

Following the changes in VAT 
regulations on 1 January 1993 I 
asked someone at Digita whether or 
not they had plans to upgrade their 
products in line with the new rules. 
They Informed me that they had no 
plans to do so. 

1 am not aware of any other 
software company supplying this 
area, so it would seem that this 
sounds the death knell. What are 
your feelings about this? Is there 
any hope for the future of the 
machine in this market? 

Malcolm Hyland 
Leamington Spa 

I think you're right: the Amiga is 



losing ground in the business 
marketplace. With the proliferation of 
ever-cheaper PCs, it's inevitable. 
Nevertheless, it doesn't mean the 
end of the Amiga's life as a 
professional computer; everyday we 
hear stories of its success in 
broadcast video and related fields. 
But the chances of high-quality 
business software such as that 
enjoyed by Mac and PC users ever 
making an appearance on the Amiga 
are certainly diminishing. 

TEDIOUS UN-ARCING 

I am sure I am not the only reader 
who finds the un-arclng of your 
cover disk files tedious and prone to 
the mis-typing of commands. 

Could you please consider using 
PowerPacker, which can be used 
quickly and simply to compress, de- 
compress and re-direct flies with a 
click of the mouse button? 

Grahame M Ross 
Ayrshire 

Bowing to popular pressure, we've 
re-vamped the format of the Amiga 
Shopper Shareware Collection. I'm 
sure you'll agree it's now a breeze to 
use. Turn to page 26 for details of 
this month's disk, tfti 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 



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very word processor has 
some features that set It 
apart from the competition. 
It might be better at 
printing, it might import and export 
more file formats, it might support 
more fonts, It might do something 
none of the others can do. This 
package-by-package section covers 
nine of the major word processor 
packages in turn, highlighting the 
major advantages and 
disadvantages of each. 

EXCELLENCE! 

The most obvious areas in which 
Excellence! excels are the spelling 
checker, thesaurus and grammar 
checker. Now the blurb in the 
advertising and on the packaging 
claims a 140,000-word dictionary 
and a thesaurus containing 1.4 
million cross references. These 
numbers are... shall we say, 
optimistic. Excellence! comes with 
the same British 103,000 word 
Collins/Proximity dictionary and the 
same 470,000 cross reference 
Collins/Proxirnity/Merriam-Webster 
thesaurus as Scribble!. The 
Excellence! blurb is talking about the 
US versions of the dictionary and 
thesaurus. Naughty. 

Nevertheless, the user interface 
for the spelling checker 



BEGINNERS 



WHYAWP? 

Why do you need a word processor at 
all? The answer to that one's obvious 
- to write with. 

So why not use a typewriter? Or 
longhand? After all, many millions of 
books have been written without the 
aid of a word processor. Do you realty 
need one? 

Yes, you do. Even if it's only to 
write letters. OK, when writing to 
friends and relations it isn't 
particularly important to impress, but 
a stylish, well-presented letter can 
make the world of difference when 
writing to the bank manager or when 
applying for a job. Or even when 
writing to Amiga Shopper. 

The problem with writing things 
out longhand or with using a 
typewriter is that you have to start at 



the beginning and 
go on until you get to the end. If, 
when reading through what you have 
written, you discover that you've left 
something out, put something in the 
wrong place, constructed a paragraph 
or sentence poorly, spelled a word 
incorrectly... you have to start all over 
again and re-write the whole page, or 
maybe even the whole document. 

With a word processor you simply 
load the file and correct it. 

So word processors save you 
time. And they can also improve the 
quality of your writing. 

Because you can cut-and-paste 
sections of text around a document, 
you are not forced into presenting 
what you have written exactly as you 
typed it in. For example, you can 
bash out ideas, sentences and 
paragraphs as fast as they come into 
your head, then go back and expand 
on them, then move the sections into 
a sensible order. If it doesn't all hang 




Both windows are small 
enough to be moved around 
so you can see the word in 
context in the document 

The grammar checker is 
unique to Excellence!. 
While such a feature is of 
limited use, often dishing 
out vague or irrelevant 
advice because it has 
taken a word or phrase 
out of context, more 
often than not it could 
improve the readability 
of your documents. 



The Excellence! 
thesaurus, spelling checker and 
grammar checker can all be open at 
the same time, and you can even 
leave them open while continuing to 
work on your text. Excellent! 
thesaurus is superb. Both windows 
may be open on the screen at the 
same time, and you may continue to 
work on your document(s) while 
these windows are open, although 
because of the size of the windows 
this is practicable only on a High Res 
Interlaced display. 

The spelling checker works 
quickly and doesn't make a big deal 
out of the job like some others do. 
The thesaurus, likewise, provides 
you with a scroll bar which helps you 
quickly find the word that is on the 
tip of your tongue; double-clicking on 
a synonym inserts it into the 
document, replacing the old word. 



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Excellence! can use built-in printer 
fonts, though only one per document 
- you simply select a font number In 
the Print requester 

One of its most useful functions is to 
point out instances where you have 
used passive verbs, a style of writing 
that can quickly become tiring to 
read. The database can recognise 
almost a thousand common 
grammatical errors. Such a shame 
there is no documentation about 



adding to it, although it is quite 
plainly possible to do so. 

For editing and layout Excellence! 
is a perfectly adequate word 
processor with a rather natty 3D user 
interface. Its graphics handling is a 
little quirky - it treats each imported 
picture as if it were a very large text 
character - but again it is perfectly 
adequate for incorporating a 
company logo at the top of a letter or 
a few simple business graphics. 

The area in which Excellence! 
does not live up to its name is 
printing. While it will happily import 
Workbench-style 
Compugraphic 
outline type- 
faces, at output 
time these are 
printed as bit- 
maps, just like 
normal Amiga 
bitmapped 
fonts, so all text 
output of screen 
fonts from 
Excellence! is 
jaggy. Internal 
printer fonts may be used, but only 
one per document - the Print 
requester has a gadget that enables 
you to select a font number. You can 
of course apply different styles to 
printer fonts - bold, italics and so on 
- provided your printer contains that 
font in that style. 

With improved graphics handling 
and better quality Compugraphic 
typeface output, Excellence! would 
be up there with the best. As it 



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together, then you can change 
something, try out a new idea or 
mess around until inspiration makes 
one of its fleeting visits. 

Sounds disorderly, I know, but 
this approach is a recognised way of 
generating new ideas. It's called 
'being creative'. 

After you've written your piece 
you can use the layout facilities of 
the word processor to prepare and 
subsequently print out the pages in a 
professional or eye-catching style. 
Some word processors enable you to 
include graphics on the pages, so 
you can brighten up business reports 
or newsletters with diagrams and 
graphs. 

MORE NEEDS 

If you are going to spend a serious 
amount of time word processing, 
then you are going to need more than 
just a standard Amiga. While your 
computer will work happily with the 
spare TV, sitting up close staring at 
that poor-quality screen for hours on 
end is going to end in tears. Not 
tears of frustration, but tears of pain. 



stands, perhaps it should be 
renamed FairtyGood!. 

FINAL COPY II 

Final Copy II is based totally on 
outline typefaces and is the first 
Amiga word processor to have the 
courage to insist that bitmapped 
fonts, as plentiful as they may be 
and as quick as they are for screen 
display, simply don't cut the ice 
when it comes to print time, so they 
aren't even worth supporting. 

The first release supported only 
Softwood's own 'proprietary' 
typeface format, which is faster at 
displaying and printing than the 
standard Amiga Compugraphic 
outline typeface format while 
retaining the same high-quality 
output. No problem here, except that 
if you want more SoftWood typefaces 
you have to pay commercial prices. 
Release 2 of Final Copy II, which 
turned up only in the last month, 
also supports PostScript Type 1 
typefaces, which means you can now 
use thousands of inexpensive but 
high-quality PD and shareware faces. 

No other Amiga word processor 
works with PostScript Type 1 
typefaces, so this is a feather in 
Final Copy's cap. However, the catch 
is that the program doesn't work with 
internal printer fonts. There's a Draft 
printout feature to enable you to get 
some quick hardcopy for proof- 
reading or for simple letters or 
documents, but for printing the 'final 
copy' only outline typefaces are 
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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 



You will eventually begin to suffer 
headaches. You need a monitor. 

If you want to print your 
documents, then you need a printer. 
Do not rush into this decision. On no 
account buy any old printer - 
including that second-hand 'bargain' 
from the bloke down the pub - until 
you know for certain that there is an 
Amiga printer driver for it. How do you 
find this out? Simple. Ask to see it 
working with an Amiga, Make sure 
that it prints both text and graphics 
without any spurious characters 
appearing in the output. 

Make sure the quality of the 
output is up to the standard you 
need. Don't be fobbed off with the 
excuse that the printer is capable of 
far higher quality output than the 
person selling the printer can 
demonstrate because he is 
inexperienced with the Amiga. 

If the person selling you the 
printer can't make it work properly, 
don't assume he is stupid, assume 
that the printer doesn't work. 

Just as important as a good 
monitor and an adequate printer is a 
second floppy disk drive. Even if the 
word processing system you choose 
can run from one disk - and some 



can't - you will want to save your 
documents on to a separate disk. 
With a single-drive system you will be 
forever swapping disks, which very 
quickly becomes tiresome. 

Most important is extra memory. 
Although some Amiga word 
processors will work with only 512k, 
after they have loaded they will leave 
precious little room in memory for 
your document. Spell-checking? 
Forget it, unless the spelling checker 
is a separate program. 

At the very least you should 
consider expanding to 2Mb of total 
memory. And 1200 owners, who 
already have this amount of memory, 
should seriously consider buying one 
of the new trap-door expansion 
boards specifically for their machines 
because this alone will double the 
speed at which the 1200 operates. 

If you're really serious about your 
word processing and you've got some 
savings put by, then a hard drive is 
going to transform your slow, floppy- 
munching, glorified games machine 
into a helluva serious productivity 
tool. With a hard drive attached 
everything - absolutely everything - 
becomes so much easier to work with 
and understand. 



Final Copy II is. 

Although it doesn't yet directly 
support the AG A chipset, Final Copy 
II will import any ILBM, even 256- 
colour, HAMS and 24-bit ones. It 
cuts down the number of colours for 
screen display purposes, 16 being 
the maximum, but at printout time 
the colours of the original graphic are 
used. For the life of me I can't 
imagine why you'd want to word 
process in 256 colours, but if this is 
important to you, then you'd better 
look elsewhere. 

Final Copy It has one rival, 
Wordworth. There are a number of 
specialised features in Wordworth 
that are lacking in Final Copy II - 
index generation and footnotes, for 
instance - but then Final Copy II has 
ARexx support, which 
means that macros could 
be written to achieve 
these ends. (Yeah, 
OK, I know ... ARexx 
support is 



answer is yes, look at Wordworth; 
otherwise take a long, hard look at 
Final Copy II because you might find 
that it will suit your needs better. 

KINDWORDS 3 

Although KindWords 3 is aimed fairly 
and squarely at the Amiga user who 
is new to word processing, the 
manual is precisely 32 pages small 
and is nothing more than a quick 
description of the menus and 
buttons. There's not even an attempt 
to teach you how to use the program, 
and the UltraPrint feature, which is 
the most 



so you'll have to wait a bit for pages 
to print, but the results are stunning, 
even from 9-pin and 24-pin dot-matrix 
printers, and especially so if you're 
using inkjet and laser printers. 

PostScript printing is supported, 
both in mono and colour, and any 
Type 1 typefaces that are used in 
your document are automatically 
downloaded with the file 
at printout time. 

Final Copy It 
contains many features 
that almost raise it into 
the desktop publishing 
class. It boasts proper 
style tags, for instance, 
that rival the system 
used by Professional 
Page. And graphics can 
be sized and positioned 
very accurately by 
entering measurements 
and coordinates into a 
requester. Then there 
are the structured 
drawing tools for creating lines, 
boxes and ellipses, in any colour, 
filled or unfilled. Imported ILBMs - 
graphic images created in, say, a 
paint program - may have borders of 
up to 12 point weight around them 
(about 5mm), in any colour. 

And there's depth - imported 
ILBMs and graphics created within 
Final Copy II can be 'sent to the 
back' or 'brought to the front', just 
like arranging Amiga windows, 
making it easy to overlay any graphic 
with any other graphic, or with text 
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printable to all types of 
printers Including dot-matrix 




that import graphics either don't 
allow overlapping graphics at all or 
simply plonk the latest imported 
graphic on top of previous ones, so 
you have to be sure to import them 
in the correct order, OK, not a 
problem everyone runs into, but 
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only useful if you're into 
programming.) 

If you find yourself stuck between 
whether to buy Final Copy II or 
Wordworth then ask yourself this 
question: do I want the WP to 
support the non-scalable bitmapped 
fonts built into my printer? If the 



Final Copy It's style-tagging 
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complicated part of the program, 
s described in an unbelievably 
skimpy 10 lines. 

Being a slightly cut-down 
version of Wordworth vl, 
KindWords 3 is an inexpensive 
choice for the user who wants to 
mix text and graphics in the 
same document while retaining a 
fairly high quality of printout. Only 
Amiga bitmap fonts are supported, 
but the UltraPrint feature is able to 
get rid of the bitmap 'jaggies' - the 
jagged edges you see on curves 
when you use bitmap fonts at a large 
sire - by printing with a font four 
times the size of that on the screen, 
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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 



PEN PAL 

Pen Pal has two great 
weaknesses. The 
first is that is has 
never been a very stable 
program, tending to crash or 
freeze the computer 
suddenly for no apparent 
reason. It doesn't do this a 
lot, but often enough for it 
to become annoying, 
particularly if you are 
using a lot of fonts and a 




The picture Import 

requester in Kind Words 3 is Just 

about simple enough for a child to 

understand. A clever child, anyway 

smoother printout. This scaling 
process takes time, however, so 
printouts take quite a while to finish. 

Interna! printer fonts can be used 
to a degree should you want faster 
printing, and a special feature allows 
printer fonts to be mixed with 
graphics on the same page if your 
printer can reverse line feed. I've 
never had much success with this 
feature in any word processor that 
claims to be able to do it, and 
indeed most word processors appear 
to be removing this feature these 
days, probably because it doesn't 
work very well. 

KindWords 3's biggest 
disadvantage is that it is so pretty to 
look at that you can't help wanting to 
run it in 16-colour mode all the time. 
This slows it down terribly and eats 
memory like there's no tomorrow. 
What a pain to be told after spending 
a while creating some beautiful 
pages that there isn't enough 
memory left to print the document, 
which was actually the whole point of 
the exercise. 

So although 1Mb is the 
recommended minimum amount of 
memory required, the last page of 
the manual is dedicated to telling 
you what to do when you run out of 
memory, which advice basically 
amounts to recommending that you 
use a low resolution screen in two 
colours and don't load any pictures. 
Gee thanks. Better advice would be 
to buy some more memory if you 
have any aspirations to using the 
program for more than very basic 
text-crunching. 

KindWords 3 is a cheap and 
cheerful word processor, and would 
be a good introduction for a child to 
modern word (or 'document') 
processing. The lack of proper 
documentation means that mummy 
or daddy will have to turn teacher for 
a while, but that's what it's all about, 
isn't it? If mummy or daddy needs 
teaching as well, then perhaps you 
ought to look at Pen Pal. 



KindWords 3 supports only Amiga 
bitmapped fonts, but you can use 
them In several styles 

lot of graphics. 

The second weakness, and a 
more important one, is that the 
quality of its printed output is poor 
compared to the competition. Pen 
Pal supports only Amiga bitmapped 
fonts, and prints these as they are 
on-screen, with jagged steps around 
curves and along diagonals. We've 



beginners or children, and it even 
includes some drawing tools to 
enable you to create lines and filled 
and unfified boxes. Graphics are 
printed in their original colours rather 
than from the eight-colour screen 
representations of them. 

The other plus about Pen Pal, 
and a fact that isn't always made 
clear in adverts, is that it has a built- 
in database. It's a fairly simple 
non-relational database, but plenty 
good enough for Jobs like keeping 
client lists, membership 
lists and mail merged 
address labels. 

Another businessy 
extra is the 'forms' 
feature. This enables you 
to create a blank 
business form - an 
invoice. Selecting the 
Forms Fill In optior steps 
the cursor through each 
of the fields in the form 
in turn for you to fill in 
the details. 

Pen Pal can print 
using your printer's 
internal fonts, but like many Amiga 
word processors it permits you to 
use only one printer font per 
document, and if your printer has 
many built-in fonts there is no way to 
select a font number from within the 
program, which means it has to be 
selected prior to printing from the 
printer's control panel and made the 
printer's 'default' font. 

Pen Pal's main rival is 
KindWords 3; both are aimed at 
newcomers to computing and/or 



you can define the names of the four 
proportional and four fixed-width 
typefaces it should use - plain, italic, 
bold and bold italic of each - and 
can also specify the point size of all 
eight typefaces. However, there's no 
WYSIWYG font support, so it may be 
difficult to match the on-screen 
appearance of a document with the 
printed output. 

Personal Write also boasts an 
impressive collection of built-in 
character sets, including IBM PC, 
Macintosh, Atari ST and a number of 
foreign ones. It supports the ANSI 
standard as well as ASCII, so you 
can save documents with style 
commands for colour, bold, italics 
and so on embedded within them. 
Many text viewers (such as More) 
support ANSI style commands, so 
Personal Write provides an easy way 
of producing nicely- presented 
documents that are to be read from 
the screen as well as printed. 

Personal Write's keyboard short- 
cuts are for the most part based on 
the function keys, and they work as 
toggles - one press turns a feature 
on, a second press turns it off. If you 
can get used to it, this can be a very 
fast way of working. 

Personal Write also enables you 
to use ANSI printer control codes in 
order to change fonts, colours and 
stuff like that. It's not explained 
particularly well in the manual, which 
is translated from Italian and is the 

Here's something Pen Pal's got that 
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how Pen Pal's Import Graphics requester works 



probably had more letters asking 
how to improve the quality of Pen 
Pal's output than for any other word 
processor. The answer, alas, is you 
can't. Pen Pat's publisher, Softwood, 
is also the publisher of Final Copy II, 
with scalable outline typefaces that 
produce excellent printed output at 
all sizes, so I guess there's not 
much chance of Pen Pal ever being 
upgraded to do the same. 

On the plus side, Pen Pal has an 
extremely good user interface, easy 
to learn, easy to use, perfect for 




word processing. 
It's a tough 
choice, but Pen 
Pal's excellent 
manual probably 
gives it the edge. 

PERSONAL 
WRITE 

For a 'budget' 

word processor. Personal Write 
contains some surprisingly powerful 
features - PostScript support, for 
instance. OK, it's just for text, but 



You don't expect to find PostScript 
support In a £30 word processor, but 
Personal Write gives you a certain 
amount of control 



16 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 



most boring and confusing manual 
you're ever likely to read (160 pages 
of it!), but if you're willing to plough 
through it and experiment you'll 
probably get there in the end. 

There's a simple mail merge 
facility, which is actually a lot easier 
to understand and use than most 
others. It even has a 'manual' 
feature which puts up a requester 
with empty gadgets to fill in for each 
'label' that has been defined. It 
wouldn't be too difficult to create a 
simple invoicing system with this, 
although there's no maths facility, so 
you'd have to enter totals by hand. 

A simple Load Picture option 
imports an IFF-ILBM graphic into a 
separate window and allows you to 
scroll it left and right to position it on 
the printout. The only real use for 
this is to print a logo or something 
similar at the top of a page before 
printing the text. 

Personal Writes rivals are 
TransWrite and Scribble!. Although 
these cost slightly more, they do 
come with spelling checkers, and 
Personal Write doesn't. But then they 
don't have PostScript support. 

Probably Personal Write's biggest 
drawback is the lack of text 
justification features - left-aligned 
text is all it does, there's not even a 
'centre line' option. But then it is 
able to automatically correct some 
typing errors like not inserting a 
space after punctuation, correcting 
uppercase letters in the middle of 
words and signalling when you've 
typed the same word twice. 

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own proprietary printer drivers, and 
you can modify those supplied or 
create your own from scratch, as well 
as embed printer-specific control 
codes in documents, all of which 
means that if your printer has a 
control code that enables it to fly to 
the moon, Protext can instruct it to 
fly to the moon. No 
other Amiga word 
processor can do this. 
Protext comes with 
printer drivers that will 
work with a couple of 
hundred or more of the 
popular printers, new 
and old. If there isn't a 
Protext driver that 
works in one emulation 
or another with the 
printer you own, you 
can count yourself as 
pretty unlucky. But 
even then, armed with 
the printer manual you can write your 
own - not everyone's idea of a fun 
way to spend a rainy afternoon, but 
at least you have the option. 

Then there's the mail merging 
language, otherwise known as 
'stored commands'. This language is 
incredibly powerful - so powerful that 
you could write a fairly professional 
invoicing system or a database with 
it. Among many other features, it 
includes maths support, ifs and 
elses, variables, looping, and 
commands to get input from the user 
or from file. Using these stored 
commands is similar to programming 
in BASIC, and it is this that puts 
many people off. But remember, you 
don't have to use it. 

Protext is also 
very configurable, 
with a large Config 
program that again 
scares the hell out 
of beginners. It's 
not that it's 
complicated, It 
simply that there's 
so much of it. 

Naturally, the 
manual for such a 



powerful program is large 
almost 400 closely-typed 
pages. If you feel you 
shouldn't have to read 
War and Peace just to 
type a few letters, then 
Protext is not for you. 
Although almost 




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word processing power 
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correction process 



The Scribble! spelling checker and 
thesaurus Is the same one that 
comes with Excellence!, but with a 
less flashy user Interface 

everything can be selected from 
menus, the program is also 
command tine driven. I don't mean 
from the Shell or CLI, I mean it has 
its own command line and its own 
set of commands. One of the 
advantages of this is that you can 
build scripts of Protext commands 
and 'execute' them. For instance, if 
you find yourself typing the same 
words or phrases over and over, you 
could just type abbreviations instead 
and set up a single 'exec' file to go 
through your text replacing the 
abbreviations with the proper words - 
it couid search for the string 'wb*, 
say, and replace it with 'Workbench'. 
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replace feature of any WP to do this, 
but a single Protext 'exec' file can 
translate many such abbreviations in 
one sweep - quite a time saver. The 
only other Amiga word processor able 
to do this is TransWrite. 

If your main use for a word 
processor Is to bash out words, then 
the sensible choice is between 
Protext and TransWrite. If you are 
also prepared to learn about control 
codes and want total control over 
your printer, Protext is unbeatable, 
the Protext manual itself being a 
good example of what can be 
achieved using the program. 

SCRIBBLE! 

In the last word processor roundup in 
Amiga Shopper, way back in issue 6, 
the current version of Scribble! was 
v3.05. October 1991, that was. So I 
was absolutely staggered to discover 
that 18 months later the current 
version of Scribble! is still 3.05. 

Scribble! is a bit of a mediocrity. 
There's nothing it does that one rival 
WP or another doesn't do better. For 
instance, it has a stored command 
language which can be used, among 
other things, for mail merging and 



JARGON BUSTING 



ANSI - A standard format for text set 
down by the American National 
Standards Institute. Compare ASCII. 

ASCII - American Standard Code for 
Information Interchange, Probably 
the most widely accepted standard 
for storing plain text so that it can 
be exchanged between computers. 

Bitmapped fonts - A system that 
builds characters up out of pixels or 
dots on-screen. See 'j aggies'. 

Font - Another term for a typeface or 
a particular design of text. This is 
Franklin Gothic; this is Times. 

ILBM - Interleaved Bit Map. The 
standard format in which graphic 
images are saved by art and 
graphics programs on the Amiga. 

J aggies - The jagged edges you get 
on curves and diagonal lines when 
you enlarge bitmapped text. 



Justified - Typesetting term for text 
that is aligned at the edges, most 
often at both left and right margins. 

Outline font - A system that stores 
instructions for drawing text rather 
than bitmap images of it; can be 
scaled to any size without j aggies. 

PostScript - A standard 'page 
description' system used by several 
different kinds of printers. 

Printer drivers - Small programs that 
translate your WP's printing 
instructions for specific printers. 

Type 1 - A type of bitmapped font. 

Widow/orphan - A widow is a single 
line of a paragraph at the bottom of 
a column. An orphan is one at the 
top. (Or is it the other way round?) 

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What 
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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



The Best Word Publisr 




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Final Copy coined the phrase "Perfect Printing on any Printer". 
We mean it - this document proves it! 

Created in Final Copy Hand pmted m asttmdard 24pm Qrfesi Sniti. it shews a mmll 

number of Final Copy ITs features: Smoom Scaleahk Outline Fonts, Multiple Columns, 

Dittmig Took for Bams, Burden, Shadows, Lines and Amm, White-Out Text, Text 

Printed over Graphic Images, Text Obliquing, Auto-Flaw Text around Graphics 

ami of course. Import of Colour and Mono Graphics Pictures. 

Word Publishers go beyond simply producing normal letters and documents 
fat which Final Copy II naturally excels) and progress into a world where how liw whole 
document looks is just as important as what it says. Admittedly, this can be achieved with 
Desk Top Publishes, but they can't easily be used as Word Processors, especially when a 
good looking letter needs creating quickly - they're far too cumbersome. This is where 
Final Copy II offers the perfect balance between the two requirements. Ease and speed of 
use, combined with complete control and perfect final printed presentation, 



Document creation is so simple with 28 On-Screen 
Buttons for routine formatting and navigating commands. 
like AimvHvphenatMi. With tme WYSIWYG display, 
you cm even edit whilst your pages are magnified up to 
400% (or reduced). Long documents are supported with 
Title/Master Pages, Style Sheets, Left/Right Page Binding 
Offset and Ado Numbering. Because your lext needs to 
be perfect, the British-English Collins Proximity Speller 
combined with the Thesaurus (for that added inspiration) 
help you to produce the precise, printed page. 





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you can have lots of fonts! final Copy II can use thousands of superior Adobe Type I or Nimbus 
fonts (the same as, those used on professional publishing systems). Both these types are PostScript font 
but unlike all outer Word Processors you don't need an expensive PostScript laser to use them! Fin 
Copy II will print them on PostScript lasers, or any graphics capable printer. This includes the dc 
matrix or ink-jet you probably already own. Even if you have your own Compugraphic* font librai 

youd still like to use, final Copy li is fitlly cotnpatibl 

oulputting to any graphic printer. Final Copy II 

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/le snaking columns, combined with the unique ability to print the same PostScript quality' outline fonts - on 
rfutely any printer in portrait or landscape. These all mean that no matter what you may have thought no 
ler Amiga Word Processor has all the capabilities that Final Copy II users now simply take for granted! 



The almost endtes list of features includes On-Screen Object Drawing Toots I no 
more impeding of borders from drawing packages to frame graphics or rever*- 
highfehi text i with selectable rulers to aid precise posiforang. Tted Art ■-Flaws 
around graphic objects and imported pictures, which can he placed anywhere. 
seated and cropped, with no k>» of printing quality. Test can also be printed 
actually over graphics (refer to "Die Tiger" heading on our document k Soother 
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We'll show you why with a list of features that users tell 
us are important (below). 

If you'd like to know who's also chosen Final Copy, 
Commodore specify it as an option with some of the 
most powerful Amigas available in the United States. 
What better recommendation could you have? 





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1 Workbench 2 Cornpjgrap*iic Fonts 


YES 


use of Better PostScript Fonts 


1 Compatible with Standard Adobe Type l 


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YES'VES 


1 and Nimbus Q Scaleatle Postscript Forte 


H PostScript Font Outlines on all Printers 


NO 


YES 


9 Maximum Number of PostSpipt Fqflta 


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Infinite 


EJ Download Extra Fonts to PostScript Printer 


NO, Can't download extra ferns 


YES, Automatic 


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Landscape (Sideways! Printing on all Printers 


NO 


YES, Automatic 


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YES, Same High Quality 


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NO 


when Reduced and Enlarged 


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Print any Text or Graphrc in Colour 


YES 


YES 




Ho. of Colours Printed in Imported Pictures 


Limited by Screen Mode Used' 


Output as Original Image 




Graphks Printing (HAM & If F ILBM1 


Good if Graphics not Seated 


Always Best Possible 




TexlWkWl (Compress and Expand) 


NO 


YES 




Variable Text Obliquing (Slanted Text) 


NO 


YES 




Both Positive and Negative Attributes 






Box, Rounded Box, Circle, Crval, line. 


NO 


YES 


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Variahfe Border & Arrow Drawing Teds 


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NO 


YES 


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Supports A12W4N0 AGA Chipset 


YES, 256 On-Screen Colours 


¥ES, 266 On-Screen Colours 




Create Border around Graphics and Pictures 


NO 


YES 




BrirJsrrEnojisti Spelling Checker 


YES, Collins Proximity with 
legal & Medical Supplements 


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Brffelvtnglish Thesaurus 


YES, Collins 826000 Synonyms 


YES, Collins 826000 Synonyms 


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Page View Magnifications and Reductions 


One Fixed Print Preview 


7 Variable stages - 25% to 400% 


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NO 


YES 


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61 Seconds (On Amigs A1200! 


7 Seconds (On Am^aA12CO) 


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NO, Requires Manual Entry 


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YES,2to6 


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NO 


YES 




Uses Standard Amiga Cliptaard for Cutting 


NO 


YES 




& Pasting to and from Different Applications 






Small Caps TypographKal Control 


NO 


YES 




Conforms to Commodore's Amiga 


NO, Urn Standard User 


YES 




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NO 


YES 


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YES 


YES 


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YES 


YES 


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1Mb. Minimum 
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placing headers and footers; but this 
pales into insignificance when 
compared to Pretext's more powerful 
system. If you want uncomplicated 
mail merging, then Persona! Write 
has a simpler system. KindWords 3 
has a bigger spelling checker and 
thesaurus. And TransWriie has more 
and better text editing facilities... 

There's nothing particularly 
wrong with Scribble! - there's 
enough to the program to enable you 
to bash out words and produce some 
fairly neat printouts - it's just that 
after comparing it with rival WPs 
you're left with the question: Why? 

Basically it's underpowered and 
overpriced. 

TRANSWRITE 

Like Protext, TransWrite is a WP that 
enables you to format the 



adequate for your needs. 
Printer control is via 
Workbench preferences, 
and ANSI style escape 
sequences can be 
embedded into documents 
anywhere simply by 
pressing the Esc key, 
entering the style code, 
then pressing Esc again. 
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A print preview feature enables you 
to see on-screen what effect the 
formatting codes will have 

issue any printer command in the 
ANSI standard, as documented in 
your Amiga manual and in the Trans- 
Write manual. This doesn't give you 
total control over the printer because 
the ANSI standard is quite limited, 
but it's better than nothing. 

The formatting commands 
provide you with a way of setting up 
headers and footers, odd and 
even margins, page 
numbering, widow and 
orphan control and text 
justification. A print preview 
features enables you to see 
a WYSIWYG display of your 
formatted document, so 
you don't have to keep 




to Wordworth v2-AGA Is a 
screen mode requester that allows 
up to 256-colour custom screens 

appearance of the printed output via 
special formatting commands that 
appear on the screen but do not get 
printed out. 

Unlike Protext, TransWrite will 
run in 512k of RAM, and it is 
nowhere near as complex to learn 
how to use, a fact illustrated by the 
slim size of the manual. Of course 
it's not as powerful as Protext but 
what TransWrite does may well be 



Wordworth comes with screen 
versions of printer fonts for many 
makes and models of printer. If you 
have selected the Internal printer 
font method of printing, however, 
you will not be allowed to use out- 
line or Amiga fonts, and vice versa 



printing out pages to discover what 
effect your formatting codes are 
going to have. 

Mail merging is possible, as is 
index creation, and although the 
spelling checker is a US one and 
quite small, it has a 'batch' feature 
that enables you to check an entire 
document and then correct all the 
bad words afterwards, which means 
that if a document contains the 
same word misspelled many times 

1 you only have to 

correct it once in 
I the spelling checker 
to correct all 
occurrences of the 
word in the 
document. Of all the 
other word 
processors, only 
Protext can also do 
this. 

You may tell the 
spelling checker to 
use many different 
user dictionaries, 
and there's an 
'exceptions' option 
that enables you to force the checker 
to throw out words that it normally 
accepts, like the US spelling of 
'color' for example. 

The dictionary is copied into RAM 
when in use, so you may need more 
than 512k if you want to use 
TransWrite and the spelling checker 
at the same time. The spelling 
checker can be run on its own if you 
are short of memory. 

There is good macro support, 
enabling common operations or 
blocks of text to be assigned to a 
single keypress, and the 'translation 
tables' mean you can write 
abbreviations for commonly-used 
words or phrases for speed and have 
them all converted to their full text at 
once with a single operation, 

As an inexpensive word basher, 
Trans Write is supreme; its balance 
between power, 
I performance and 
price is just right. 
But if you want to 
include pictures in 
your documents or 
have total control 
over your printer, 
think again. 

WORD- 
WORTH 

Hot off the disk- 
duplicating presses 
comes the latest 
version of 
Wordworth, v2-AGA. 
The only differences 
from v2 are support for 256-colour 
custom screens, plus DblPAL, 
Super72 and Super High Res 
Interlaced. HAM-8 graphics are also 
now supported, plus 256-colour 
ILBMs and PCX files. 



Do not confuse this version of 
Wordworth with the 'cheap' version 
doing the rounds on its own and in 
various bundles - that is the old 
vl.l, which is to all intents and 
purposes the same as KindWords 3 
with a few extra specialised bits 
thrown in. Wordworth vl.l does not 
form part of this roundup, any more 
than the superseded versions of the 
other programs. 

Wordworth' s specialist area is 
printer font support. It is the only 
WYSIWYG Amiga word processor that 
will enable you to swap printer fonts 
mid-document, mid-line, or mid-word 
if you really must. It comes with 
various bitmapped 'screen fonts' 
that represent various internal printer 
fonts, so you simply highlight the text 
you want in this font and change it, 
highlight the text you want in that 
font and change it, and so on. 

The advantage of using built-in 
printer fonts is speed of printing. The 
disadvantage is that they are not 
scalable, so you're stuck with certain 
sizes, usually 10 point and 12 point, 
which are dictated by the printer. 

If you want more flexibility, then 
Compugraphic outline typefaces can 
be used. Wordworth comes with 17 
of them, and there are plenty more 
available commercially and on PD 
disks, although not as many as there 
are PostScript Type 1 faces. The 
disadvantage of using outline 
typefaces is that everything is printed 
as graphics, which considerably 
slows down printing times. 

If you want the absolute best of 
both worlds, your only option 
currently is to buy a PostScript 
printer. Speed and power combined 
always comes at a price. 

Wordworth supports mono 
PostScript printing and comes with 
screen fonts for the 'classic 35' 
typefaces found in most PostScript 
printers. There is no facility to use or 
download PostScript 'soft' fonts. 

Of all the Amiga word processors 
Wordworth currently has the most 
features and the best all-round 
printer support, facts that are 
reflected in its price. It has a 
pleasant user interface that isn't too 
difficult to learn, thanks to the 
excellent manual, and in a sensible 
screen mode it runs as quickly as 
any other. Running it even in 16 
colours slows it down badly - almost 
unusably - on anything but an Amiga 
4000. But then the same is true of 
all the other WYSIWYG WPs. 

Wordworth's rival is Final Copy II. 
On specifications alone the choice 
seems clear cut - Wordworth wins. 
But if you don't need the internal 
printer font support, and if index 
generation and footnotes mean 
diddly-squat, the choice is much 
more difficult. If your needs are 
closer to DTP than word processing 
look at Final Copy II before deciding. 



20 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



WORD PROCESSING 



There are many functions 
and features that are 
common to all word 
processors - simple things 
like moving the cursor quickly from 
one end of a line to the other; more 
involved operations like setting tabs 
and formatting paragraphs; every- 
day mundane jobs like importing 
and exporting; specialist tasks like 
mail merging and Index generation. 
There's not enough space In a 
whole issue to discuss the hundreds 
of basic features of each WP; 
Instead this section of the round-up 
concentrates on discussing and 
comparing some of the more 
important features of text editing, 
graphics handling and print quality. 

HORSES FOR COURSES 

The best word processor is the one 
you are most comfortable using. It 
matters little that the software can 
make the tea, sing and dance and 
leap tall buildings in a single bound if 
you have to spend all your time 
remembering how to cut and paste a 
block of text. 

If you use a program a lot you 
can get used to any way of working, 
even convince yourself that it is the 
'best' way, which of course it will be 
once you are used to it. Any other 
way of working becomes awkward 
and time-consuming because you 
have to learn a whole new set of 
rules. But if you only occasionally 
use your word processor, it can be 
difficult to remember the rules from 
one session to the next, so the more 
it works in the way you would expect 
it to work, the more buttons or menu 
items there are that say "select me 
to achieve this complex operation 
that you can never remember how to 
do..." - in short, the more 'intuitive' 
or 'natural' the user interface, the 
easier will be the job. 

On-line help and thick manuals 
with lots of tutorials are all well and 
good, but life's too short to be 
forever looking up how to do things. 

We'll quickly look at manuals 
first because you should read the 
thing at least once, and the more 
professionally it has been written 
and presented, the sooner you'll be 



able to shove it on the shelf and 
forget about it. 

Three of the word processors - 
Wordworth, Final Copy II and Pen Pal 
- come with excellent manuals, 
professionally produced and 
presented, well-written for the most 
part in simple English. If you need to 
learn about word processing or need 
to be able to show someone else, 
like a child for example, how the 
software works, 
any of these 
three packages 
will make your 
life easier. 

The 
Protext 
manuals, 
which are the 
most detailed 
of all, are as a 
consequence 
a bit daunting 




TransWrite and Scribble! come 
with adequate manuals. Excellence! 
is shipped with a large loose-leaf 
ring-bound manual that is 
impressively over-produced but 
deceptively adequate in content. 

TEXT EDITING 

Manuals out of the way, let's get 
down to the nitty-gritty of comparing 
some features. Text editing is 
essential to all word processors, so 
we'll look at that next. 

The most natural way to cut (or 
copy) and paste a block of text is to 
use the mouse to highlight the 
section of text in question, press a 
scissors or camera icon or "button' 
that cuts or copies that text into a 
buffer, move the cursor to where you 
want the text moved or copied, and 
then press a gluepot button to paste 
the text into place. 

The next most natural way to 



'hot-key' conventions. TransWrite 
gets two out three right, but uses 
Amiga-P for Paste, a keypress which 
a lot of other applications reserve for 
Print. Personal Write does its own 
thing that is quite difficult to get 
used to, often requiring many more 
keypresses than are really 
necessary. 

Incredibly, even though these are 
three of the most commonly-used 
features of a word processor, only 
one program provides you with on- 
screen cut, copy and paste buttons 
in a tool bar: Wordworth. 

Another keyboard convention is 
that used for moving from one end of 
a line to the other. In Amiga text 
gadgets and on the command line 
this is achieved by holding down the 
Shift key and pressing the right and 
left arrow keys. Only Protext and 
TransWrite use this convention. Well, 
Scribble! does too, but it leaves the 



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for beginners. It doesn't help that 
they are 'multi-format' manuals that 
contain sections for the Atari ST and 
IBM PC as well as the Amiga on what 
seems like every other page. Still, if 
you are the type of person who likes 
to get your teeth into the software, 
the Protext manual will keep you very 
happy, probably for years. 

There ought to be a law against 



After our overview of the word 
processors on test, it's time to see 
how they compare head-to-head, 
feature for feature, to help you 
decide which one is right for you 



producing manuals like the one 
comes with KindWords 3, It 
would seem that the 
publishers have presumed 
that the program is so simple 
to use that a proper manual 
isn't really needed - either 
that or they were too tight- 
fisted to do the job properly. 
Cloanto, the Italian publishers 
of Personal Write, would be 
well advised to have its 
manual re-written in English as 
opposed to merely translated 
because it spoils what is 
otherwise a very adequate 
word processor. 



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USING YOUR BEST OFFICES 



The text editing features in Personal Write are quite good, but most of the 
hot-key shortcuts are non-standard, which means they're harder to remember 



If you're In the market for a 
spreadsheet and database as well 
as a word processor, It may be 
worth your while Investigating the 
Integrated 'office' packs available. 

It's outside the range of this 
round-up to assess the full contents 
of these packages, but it's worth 
pointing out which word processor 
comes with which 'office'. The 
Works! Platinum (reviewed in Amiga 



Shopper 10) comes with a version of 
Scribble!; Gold Disk Office (reviewed 
in AS 20) comes with a version of 
TransWrite; Mini Office (reviewed in 
AS 17) contains a word processor 
that is in many areas faster and 
more powerful than Scribble! and 
Trans Write, and it's a shame it isn't 
sold separately at a budget price. 
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back issue, see page 95. 



achieve the same operation is via 
the keyboard using keypresses that 
are the accepted 'standard' way of 
doing it. On the Amiga this means 
Amiga-X for Cut (because the letter 
'X' looks like a pair of open 
scissors), Amiga-C for Copy (for 
obvious reasons), and Amiga-Vfor 
Paste, which might seem daft, but V 
is next to X and C on the keyboard 
you see. 

Wordworth, KindWords 3, 
Excellence!, Final Copy II, Scribble!, 
Pen Pal and Protext adhere to these 



cursor on the last character on the 
line instead of just after it, which is 
damn annoying, fin a/ Copy II uses 
Alt-arrows; Pen Pal, KindWords 3 and 
Wordworth use RightAlt-arrows; 
Personal Write and Excellence! use 
Ctrl-arrows. 

This may seem like a trivial 
matter but if you use lots of Amiga 
applications and in every other 
program you are used to moving from 
one end of a line to the other with a 
Shift-arrow keypress, having to 
remember that your word processor 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 




Wordworth 

can print with Normal fonts 

(Outline/Amiga), Internal Printer 

fonts or using PostScript devices 

does it differently is a real pain. On 
the other hand, if you word process a 
lot at work on another computer and 
use (say) Ctrl-arrow for this 
operation, you may prefer your Amiga 
word processor to do the same. 
Perhaps the ideal solution is the one 
Pmtext offers: it can be configured to 
use Ctrl-arrows Instead of Shift- 
arrows if you so desire. 

A common typographical error 
when you're bashing away at the 
keyboard knocking out words is that 
of transposing two letters in a word - 
typing them the wrong way round 
because your brian is way ahead of 
your figners. It's useful in a word 
processor to have a quick single 
keypress to swap them back rather 
than having to 'delete, delete, type 
letter, type letter'. One keypress 
instead of four. Only Pretext and 
Wordworth have such a feature. 

All the word processors have find 
and replace requesters, but 
sometimes you may want to search 
for invisible 'non-printable' 
characters instead of words - things 
like carriage returns, tabs, control 
codes - and replace them with 
something else. Forexampie, while 
sub-editing articles ready for 
importing into a desktop publishing 
package I often have need to replace 
paragraphs that have blank lines 



between them with 
paragraphs that have no 
blank lines between them. 
If I were using Scribble!, 
KindWords 3, Personal 
Write, Pen Pat, Excellence! 
or Final Copy II I would not 
be able to do this by 
searching for all double 
carriage returns and 
replacing them with one. 
Only Pmtext and 
Wordworth have this 
feature. 

There are quite a 
few more specialist text 
editing facilities that a 
serious user might require, but I 
won't labour the point because I 
think I've already illustrated the fact 



that you want to produce a 
newsletter that contains illustrations; 
it might be that you want to make 
business reports that contain charts 
and graphs; it might be that you want 
to produce a catalogue or advert that 
features hand-scanned pictures... 
there might be any number of good 
reasons why you need a graphics 
import feature. 

Five of the word processors 
reviewed here support graphics, and 
all of those except Excellence! 
enable you to place a graphic by 
dragging it to any position on a page. 
Excellence! handles graphics in a 
unique way: they get imported at the 
current cursor position and are 
treated as if they are a single, very 
large text character, and if this 



supports 256-colour screens on AGA 
chipset machines; otherwise it's 16 
colours maximum again. With these 
three programs if you reduce the 
number of on-screen colours, you 
reduce the number of colours in the 
graphic and the number of colours 
(or greyscales) that will be printed. 

The advantage of this 'cut-down- 
the-colours" method is that you see 
what you get; the disadvantage is 
that you can't work in the faster two- 
colour or four-colour modes and still 
print the graphic in all its glory. 

Only you will know whether this 
'feature' will affect your work. If it 
doesn't, no problem; it it does, then 
consider Pen Pal or Final Copy It, 
both of which create a quick 'few- 
colour' representation of the graphic 



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It's the sheer power of its text editing features that makes Pmtext 'the professional's choice' 



that if text editing power is what you 
are looking for, the choice is 
between Protext and Wordworth. 
That's not to say all the others are 
bad at text editing - far from it, they 
are all very good at text editing and 
contain all the features the 'average' 
user requires. 

Essentially, and to plagiarise and 
paraphrase George Orwell, as far as 
text editing goes all word processors 
are equal, but Protext and Wordworth 
are more equal than the others. 

PICTURES 

Being able to Include pictures in 
documents is an important feature 
for some. It might be that you need 
this feature only for printing a simple 
logo at the top of letters; it might be 



character is in the middle of a 
paragraph you are left with a gaping 
great hole in that paragraph above 
the graphic. This means that if you 
want text to flow around the edges of 
a graphic, Excellence! is not for you. 
But for simple stuff like logos and 
illustraf ions that are set apart from 
the text, it can be a quicker way of 
working than dragging a big box 
around the page. 

Although Excellence! will import 
graphics up to Extra-HalfBrite (64 
colours), these get converted to the 
current number of screen colours, 
and the maximum of these is 16. 
KindWords 3 also works this way, 
but is able to adjust its palette to the 
16 colours used most in the graphic, 
Wordworth works similarly but 



CASTING AN EYE TOWARDS LOST HORIZONS 



We were unable to get copies of the 
latest versions of the New Horizons 
word processors, QuickWrite and 
ProWrite. In time for this roundup. 

Just to complete the WP jigsaw 
for you, QuickWrite is a 'words-only' 
word processor, very much in the 
Trans Write / Personal Write / 
Scribble! vein. And unless it has 
changed considerably since we last 
looked at it, it rates below Scribble!. 

ProWrite is a WYSIWYG word 
processor similar to Final Copy II, 



Excellence! and Wordworth. Based on 
the last version we saw (v3.2, 
reviewed in AS 12), ProWrite is on a 
par with Excellence! but far from the 
cutting edge. However, it is the only 
Amiga word processor that enables 
you to write in 'side-by-side' columns 
(as opposed to "snaking' newspaper 
style columns), a feature that helps 
with writing scripts and screenplays. 
The other Amiga word processor 
not featured here is Word Perfect, a 
lumbering giant of a program that is 



powerful like Protext but two or three 
times the price. It hasn't been 
upgraded for a couple of years, and 
Word Perfect Corp on several 
occasions has made public its 
intention not to do any more work on 
the current Amiga version, which is 
V4.1.12. The only reason I can think 
of why you should choose Amiga 
Word Perfect as your word processor 
is if you use a version of Word Perfect 
at the office and are comfortable with 
its user interface. 



on-screen to work with but retain the 
full colour information in memory for 
printing purposes. The advantage 
here is obvious, the disadvantage is 
memory - the bigger the original 
graphic and the more colours in it, 
the more memory you will need to be 
able to load and print it. 

Displaying and printing graphics 
are two of those jobs that use lots of 
memory - much more than you would 
perhaps think. Surely 2Mb is 
enough? Nope. A couple of pages of 
text in some outline typefaces, a few 
sexy graphics, and a decision to print 
the lot at Density 7 will soon put paid 
to that notion. So keep in mind that 
if you want to word process in colour 
using silky smooth outline typefaces 
and luwerty pictures all over the 
place, you will need to have at least 
3Mb of memory to work comfortably 
- anything less and you can expect 
to get those "Out of memory" 
requesters quite frequently. 

Despite Wordworth's new-found 
256-colour custom screen support, 
Final Copy II has without doubt the 
most flexible and comprehensive IFF- 
ILBM graphics support, plus it 
includes tools with which to draw 
lines, boxes and ellipses. Because it 
handles colours in a non-WYSIWVG 
way, much like DTP programs do, you 
are able to define and use up to 
4,096 colours for text, lines and fills 
in any one document. Not everyone 
needs this many colours, but if you 



22 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



WORD PROCESSING 



do, Final Copy II is worth looking at 
before you rush out and buy a 
dedicated DTP package. 

PRINTING 

I don't want to dwell on the subject 
of printing too long because it can 
quickly degenerate into a technical 
diatribe. Obviously, all the word 
processors can print, but some do it 
better than others. 

There are two ways of printing - 
text and graphics. Text printing 
means using the fonts in your 
printer, not the fonts on the screen. 
Graphics printing means using the 
fonts on the screen, not the fonts in 
the printer. Documents that use 
Amiga bitmap fonts or any type of 
outline typeface print as graphics, 



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Background printing 




Interlace node switch aF 


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Edit configuration 

Load new cont igurat ion 






Restore default configuration 







Final Copy II can produce spectacular 
quality printouts, they take a long 
time to do it on a standard Amiga 
500, 500+, 600, 1500 and 2000. 
Graphics printing will be faster on the 
1200, faster still on the 3000, 
4000/030 or any other Amiga with a 
68030 CPU and some 32-bit 
memory, and fastest on the 
4000/040. 

The best compromise between 
speed and print quality is Wordworth, 
which supports a large number of 
internal printer fonts. You will be 
restricted to a small range of sizes 
and fonts, but you will be able to 
freely mix in the document any of the 
fonts in your printer that Wordworth 
supports. These will print as text, 
and pages will fly out of the printer. 
The next best is 
any of the word 
processors that 
enable you to 
send 'change 
font' control 
codes - Protext, 
TransWrite, 
Personal Write, 
Schbblel - but 
remember that 
none of these 
supports graphics 
printing, so no 
imported 
pictures, and 



you'll have to learn how to send 
control codes, 

AND FINALLY ... 

Since our last word processor 
roundup the 



Scribble! has pulled up iame and 
should really be put out of its misery, 
but it is being led limping round the 
bend by a potty jockey who is 
convinced there's life in the old 
horse yet. 

The adroit reader will have 
noticed a 




runners 

have split into three clear 
groups. Leading the charge are 
Wordworth and Final Copy II, with 
Protext a length behind but aiming to 
make ground with the version 6 Arnor 
is currently working on. 

A couple of lengths away, under 
pressure but not making any 
impression on the leading pack 
despite the cheers of the crowd, is 
Excellence!, 

Several furlongs back and losing 
ground rapidly are Pen Pal, 
KindWords 3, TransWrite and 
Personal Write. 



This Scribble! requester 
enables you to send printer- 
specific control codes direct to 
parallel or serial devices {as 
opposed to ANSI codes to PRT:) 
by activating the Direct button 

relationship between price and 
performance. Just for once, at this 
particular moment in time, it's fair to 
say that as far as Amiga word 
processors are concerned you do get 
what you pay for. 



not as text. And documents that print 
as graphics take much longer to print 
than documents printed as text. But 
unless you own a PostScript printer, 
with text printouts you are restricted 
to using only the few non-scalable 
fonts built into your printer. 

Amiga Shopper is forever being 
asked by frustrated users what they 
can do to speed up their printouts 
from programs like Wordworth, Final 
Copy I! and DTP packages that use 
outline typefaces. The answer is: 
graphics printing speed is governed 
by the speed of the computer's CPU, 
the data transfer rate along the 
printer cable, and the speed at which 
any particular printer can move its 
print head. There's no such thing as 
a 'faster' printer driver as such. Yes, 
printer drivers are programs just like 
anything else, so it's possible for 
someone to write a poor driver that 
runs slowly and for someone else to 
write one that runs more quickly, but 
the drivers that are supplied with 
your Amiga are pretty efficient. 

This means that the only way to 
speed up printing in order to get 
pages of outline typefaces out of the 
printer in five minutes instead of half 
an hour is to buy an accelerator 
board or a faster Amiga. Sorry to be 
so brutal about it, but this is a fact 
of life. 

The reason I'm spelling out this 
stuff about speed is so you 
understand that while Wordworth and 



CHECKOUT • CHECKOUT • CHECKOUT • CHECKOUT • CHECKOUT 



Package 


Price 


Editing 


layout 


f aid Support 


Graphics 


Man vol 


Spell 


Print 


Extras 


Overall 


Wordworth 


1 


10 


12 


12 


10 


10 


6 


12 


8 


81 


Final Copy II 


2 


6 


10 


10 


12 


12 


8 


10 


6 


76 


Protext 


3 


12 


4 


6 


2 


6 


10 


8 


10 


61 


Excellence! 


4 


8 


8 


5 


5 


4 


12 


1 


12 


59 


Pen Pal 


6 


4 


6 


4 


8 


8 


2 


2 


5 


45 


KindWords3 


5 


3 


5 


8 


6 


1 


5 


6 


2 


41 


TransWrite 


8 


5 


2 


3 


1 


3 


3 


5 


4 


34 


Persona! Write 


12 


2 


3 


2 


4 


2 


1 


4 
3 


3 


33 


Scribble! 


10 


1 


1 


1 


3 


5 


4 


1 


29 



HOW TO READ THE RATINGS 

The rating system used here is different from Amiga 
Shopper's usual "blobs out of 5" system, which we 
thought was too limited for comparing so many features 
of so many packages. Instead, this system is based on 
the way the drivers score points in Grand Prix racing. 

We looked at one category of features at a time, and 
the package that we rated best in that category scores 
12 points, next best gets 10, third best scores 8, fourth 
best 6, frfth best 5, and so on down to 1 for the least 
impressive in that category. No two packages will have 
the same score in any one category. 

At the end the points are totalled, giving a single 
Overall score for each package. 

This system enables you to remove categories that 



aren't important to you and re-total the scores to get a 
more personal overall rating. For instance, if graphics 
and WYSIWYG font and layout support don't matter to 
you, then add the scores up without counting those 
three columns - in this example you'll find that Protext 
comes out top, followed by Wordworth and Excellence!, 

The scores for prices are based on the programs' 
recommended retail prices. The most expensive scores 
1, the cheapest scores 12. If you want to be scientific 
about it, you could flick through the adverts in this issue, 
compile a list of current 'street' prices, and then adjust 
the Prices ratings accordingly. If two prices are the 
same, give the higher mark to the one that has been 
discounted the most. The Overall 'true value' rating you 
get this way may be all you need to make a final choice. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



22 



WORD PROCESSING 



At the end of the day, your choice of word processor Is 
down to what it can do and how well the way It does It 
suits you. The latter is a complex question - you'll have 
to read our detailed round-up to decide - but this chart 
should enable you to compare Important features 
quickly. However, this Is by no means a comprehensive 
list of every feature of all the word processors on test. 
There are many features common to every word 
processor, most notably in the text editing and 
document formatting departments - things like marking 
blocks, cut/copy/paste, multiple page sizes, multiple 



measurement systems... far too many to mention. 
These common features are omitted from the chart for 
the sake of clarity - row upon row of 'Yes' under every 
heading would not be a lot of help to anyone. 

Instead, we have picked out the features which we 
consider raise an ordinary word processor from the 
'casual-user' category Into the realms of serious 
productivity. We wouldn't advise basing a buying 
decision solely on this chart - It's more a guide to the 
bells and whistles, over and above the fundamental 
Information covered over the last eight pages. 




TEXT EDITING 

Multiple documents 
Bookmarks (for quick goto) 
Timed auto save 

WYSIWYG TYPEFACE SUPPORT 

On-screen printer fonts 
On-screen Amiga fonts 
On-screen outline fonts 
Outline fonts supplied 

DOCUMENT LAYOUT 

Rulers 

Multiple columns 
Headers/ Footers 
Footnotes/Endnotes 
Page numbering 
Facing pages 
Widow/orphan control 
Automatic hyphenation 
Font/Style find and replace 

GRAPHICS 

IFF-ILBM import up to 
Best graphics output 
Move/Resize/Crop 
Vertical/Contour text flow 
Show/ hide graphics 
Snap to grid 
Position by coordinates 
Drawing tools 

PRINTING 

Embed printer control codes 
Use multiple printer fonts 
Select printer font number 
Mix graphics and printer font 
Amiga font output 
Outline font output 
Best PostScript support 
Download PostScript fonts 

SPELLING/GRAMMAR 

Dictionary/Thesaurus 
Words in dictionary 
Thesaurus cross references 

User dictionary 
Check grammar 

MISC 

Mail merge 

Create Index/Table of contents 

Macros 

ARexx support 

On-line help 

Printed pages screen preview 

Minimum memory required 



VERSION ON TEST 



EXCELLENCE! 

Yes 
Yes 
Yes 

EXCELLENCE! 

No 

Yes 

Compugraphic 

None 

EXCELLENCE! 

Multiple 

8 

Yes/Yes 

Yes/No 

arab 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

EXCELLENCE! 

Extra-Half Brite 
16 colours 
Yes/Yes/Yes 

No/No 

No 

No 

No 

None 

EXCELLENCE! 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Jaggy 

Jaggy 

Mono/Landscape 

No 

EXCELLENCE! 

UK 

103,000 

470,000 

Yes 

Yes 

EXCELLENCE! 

Simple 

Yes/Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

None 

Yes 

1Mb 



V3.00 



FINAL COPY II 

Yes 

No 

No 

FINAL COPY II 

No 

No 

Type 1/Own format 

21 

FINAL COPY II 

Multiple 

6 

Yes/Yes 

No/No 

arab/rom/alph 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Style tags 

FINAL COPY II 

24-bit 

4,096 colours 

Yes/Yes/Yes 

Yes/Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Line/Box/Circle 

FINAL COPY II 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

Smooth 

Colour/Landscape 

Yes 

FINAL COPY II 

UK 

110,370 

826,000 

Yes 

No 

FINAL COPY II 

Simple 

No/No 

Yes {needs ARexx) 

Yes 

None 

Yes 

1Mb 



Release 2 



KINDWORDS3 


PEN PAL 


PERSONAL WRITE 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


KINDWORDS3 


PEN PAL 


PERSONAL WRITE 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


None 


None 


None 



KINDWORDS3 

Multiple 
No 

Yes/Yes 
No/No 

arab/rom/alph 

No 
No 
Yes 

No 

KINDWORDS3 

HAM-6 

16 colours 

Yes/Yes/No 

Yes/Yes 

No 

No 

No 

None 

KINDWORDS3 

No 
No 
NO 

Yes 

Smooth 

No 

None 

No 

KINDWORDS3 

UK 

116,000 

826,000 

Yes 

No 

KINDWORDS3 

Simple 

No/No 

No 

No 

Yes 

No 

1Mb 



v3 Rev 1 



PEN PAL 

Multiple 

No 

Yes/Yes 

No/No 

arab 

Yes 

No 
No 
No 

PEN PAL 

HAM-6 

4,096 colours 

Yes/Yes/Yes 

Yes/Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

NO 
Lines/boxes/fills 

PEN PAL 

No 
No 
No 
Yes 



No 

None 

No 

PEN PAL 

USA 

110,000 

None 

Yes 

No 

PEN PAL 

Simple 

No/No 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

1Mb 



va.s 



PERSONAL WRITE 

None 
No 

Yes/No 
No/No 

arab/rom 
No 
No 
Yes 

No 

PERSONAL WRITE 

None 

None 

No/No/No 

No/No 

No 

No 

No 

None 

PERSONAL WRITE 

Yes 
Yes 
Yes 

No 

No 

No 

Simple text 

No 

PERSONAL WRITE 

None 

None 

None 

No 

No 

PERSONAL WRITE 

Simple 

No/No 

No 

No 

None 

Yes 

512k 



v3.1 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



WORD PROCESSING 



TURES 




chart 



OK, so all word processors can handle 
basic operations like cutting, pasting 
and copying text. But what about the 
fancier stuff? Which WP has the best 
graphics features or the biggest 
dictionary? This chart tells you all! 

ooooooooo] 

SHOPPING LIST 

The prices quoted below ate 
recommended retail prices. 
Some of the packages are 
advertised at prices a good 
deal cheaper than these, so do 
shop around. 

Personal Write £29.95 

ty Micro PACE UK Lid 

Unit 10, Perth Trading Estate, 

Perth Avenue, 
Slough, Berks SL14XX 
* 0753 551 868 





PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


Yes (36) 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes (9) 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


Yes 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


\o 


Compugraphic 


None 


None 


None 


17 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


Multiple 


None 


None 


Multiple 


Cut-and-paste 


No 


No 


Yes 


Yes/Yes 


Yes/Yes 


Yes/Yes 


Yes/Yes 


Yes/Yes 


No/No 


No/No 


No/Yes 


arab 


arab 


arab 


arab/rom/alph 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


None 


None 


None 


HAM-8 


None 


None 


None 


4,096 colours 


No/No/No 


No/No/No 


No/No/No 


Yes/Yes/No 


No/No 


No/No 


No 


Yes/Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Lines (IBM) 


None 


None 


None 
' WORDWORTH 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


WYSIWYG 


No 


No 


No 


No 


NO 


No 


No 


Jaggy 


No 


No 


No 


Smooth 


None 


None 


None 


Mono/Landscape 


No 


No 


No 


No 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


UK 


UK 


USA 


UK 


110,000 


103,000 


90.000 


116,000 


826,000 


470,000 


None 


826,000 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


PROTEXT 


SCRIBBLE! 


TRANSWRITE 


WORDWORTH 


Advanced 


Simple 


Simple 


Advanced 


Yes/Yes 


No/No 


Yes/No 


Yes/Yes 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


NO 


Yes 


None 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


1Mb 


512k 


512k 


1.5Mb 


V5.55 


V3.05 


v2.2 


V2-AGA 





TronsWrite. 



.£39.95 



by Silica Systems 
1-4 The Mews, 
Hatherley Road, 
Sidcup, Kent DA14 4DX 

• 081-3091111 

Excellence!. .............. . 

RindWords3 

Scribble! 



.£79.95 
.£79.95 
.£34.95 



by Silica Systems 
1-4 The Mews, 
Hatherley Road, 
Sidcup, Kent DAI 4 40X 
* 081-3091111 

Pen Pal.. 
Final Copy II.. 



.£49.95 
.£99.95 



by Gordon Harwood Computers 

NewStreel 

Alfrelon 

Derbyshire DE5 7BP 

» 0773 836781 

Protext £*0.00 

by Arnar Ltd 
61 1 Lincoln Rood 



Cambs PE1 3HA 

• 0733 68909 

Wordworth £1 29.95 



by Digila International Ltd 

Black Horse House 

Exmouth 

EX8 1JL 

* 0395 270273 




AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



25 



COVER DISK 



Getting at the programs 



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STEP 4a 




1 


The de-archived 
files won't appear 










In the window. You 
have to close It 
and re-open it to 
see them there 



Double-click on the My progs 
Icon to re-open the window 




STEP 3 



Click in the box 'New Volume Name' and 
enter the title you'd like tor the disk 



STEP 2 




Formatting a disk 



All the programs on 
the cover disk this 
month have been 
compressed using 
an archiving utility known 
as Lha. This means that we 
have been able to cram 
more lovely Amiga software 
on to the disk, but it also 
means that you can't run 
the programs straight away 
- they must be de-archived 
before you can use them. If 
you're working with a 
floppy disk based system 
then you'll need to have 
some blank formatted disks 
available (see step 2a). 
Follow our simple four- 
step guide and you'll soon 
have this month's software 
at your fingertips, 

PICTURE 1 
Stepl 

First off, insert the copy that 
you've made of the cover 
disk (use the guide in the 



The first thing you should do is protect 
your cover disk from accidents by 
making sure it is write-protected - 
make sure the little black tab is open 
so you can see through the hole. This 
means nothing can now be written to 
the disk, including viruses. If you don't 
write-protect your disk and end up with 
a virus on it, it's your own problem. 

The next thing is to make a back- 
up copy of the cover disk in case the 
worst should happen while you're 
working with it. The easiest way to do 
this is using the Shell. So, open a 
Shell window and then type the 
following at the prompt: 



diskcopy from dfO: to dfO: 

Your machine will now ask you to 
insert the SOURCE disk (that's the 



'vital' box at the top of the page if 
you're not sure about this) and 
double-click on the Amiga Shopper 
icon that appears on the screen. This 
will open a window with six icons in it 
- this month's software - each of 
which says in large friendly letters 
'Click me*. Don't do this just yet 
though - first you've got to decide 
where you want to put the de-archived 
programs. 

Step 2 

For this example we've chosen to de- 
archive to a pre-formatted disk called 



"The first thing you 
should do is protect 
your cover disk by 
write-protecting it" 



My_progs and now's the time to insert 
it. If you've got more than one floppy 
drive, then life's very easy - simply 
stick your destination disk in the 
second drive. If you only have a single 
floppy system, no problems, just 
remove the cover disk and insert the 
disk you're going to de-archive to. Now 
double-click on the new disk icon and 
a window will open for that disk. 

PICTURE 2 

How to format a disk 

Before you can use the software on 
this month's cover disk you'll need to 
de-archive it, and unless you've got a 
hard drive to fit them all on you'll need 
to have some blank formatted disks 
available on which to store the 



26 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



COVER DISK 



read this first 


cover disk) in dfO: and then press 


CANT READ THE DISK? 


Return to continue. 


It's rare, but it's possible that out of 


The Amiga will read some of the 


the tens of thousands of cover disks 


information from the disk and then 


we duplicate a few might be 


ask you to insert the DESTINATION 


corrupted - you get a requester 


disk (the empty disk you want to 


saying 'Not a DOS disk 1 as soon as 


make the copy on). You'll have to 


you insert it, or one reporting a Read 


change disks several times - a 


Error as you try to de-archive one of 


System Requester window will 


the programs. If your disk has been 


appear each time, telling you which 


corrupted, we will of course happily 


disk to insert. 


replace it. Send the faulty disk 


If you have more than one floppy 


(along with a self-addressed 


drive, you can of course copy from 


envelope - a Jiffy bag is best) to: 


one drive to the other by typing: 


Amiga Shopper 25 




PO Box 21 


aiskcopy from dfO: to d£li 


Daventry 




NN11 5BU 


Now that you've made a copy of 


Please include a brief note stating 


the cover disk, stash the original in a 


what the problem is, what hardware 


safe place and work only with the 


you're using and which version of the 


duplicate. 


operating system you're running. 



The Amiga Shopper Shareware Collection Volume III 
contains a variety of useful utilities: 

• Ed Word is a powerful and versatile text editor 

• AZSpell is a spelling checker that works on most text files 

• VC622 is a fully up-to-date virus checker 

• Plus a total of 13 CompuGraphic outline fonts 
For full details, turn to page 28 

To save your poor fingers from pounding the keyboard, 
we've used the rest of the space on the disk to include all 
the source code from within this issue of the magazine. 
You'll find this in a directory called Source_code. In there 
you'll find five further directories containing the following: 

ARexx (dir) - see page 78 

Open.rexx, Readln.rexx 

Readch.rexx, Writeln.rexx 
Chaos (dir) - see page 48 

Listingl, Listing2 
AMOS (dir) - see page 62 

Getlnput.AMOS, InterfaceDemo.AMOS 
AmigaDQS (dir) - see page 70 

pest2, pest3 

pestread.me, setevt 

listevt 
Code Clinic (dir) - see page 44 

Stripes, Stripes.s 



The Amiga Shopper 
Shareware Collection 

Volume 





decrunched programs. 

It's easy to format a disk from 
either the Shell or the Workbench. If 
you want to format via the Shell then 
open a Shell window and type the 
following at the prompt: 

format device dfO: naire 
Hy_progs 



(This should all be 

one line, by the way 

- it's just a bit long 

for our columns.) 

You'll then be asked 

to insert the disk in 

dfO; (the internal 

floppy drive) and 

press Return to 

confirm that you 

want to format the 

disk or Control-C if you've decided 

not to. 

The alternative method for 
formatting a disk is from the 
Workbench, first put your disk in the 
drive. A disk icon will appear on the 
screen with the narrative 'df0:8ad'. 
Click once on this icon with the left 
mouse button to select it. Now, 



move to the menu bar and hold down 
the right mouse button. Three menu 
titles will appear: Workbench, Disk 
and Special. Move to the Disk menu 
(which will drop down beneath its 
title) and select either Initalise 
(Workbench 1.3 users) or Format 
(Workbench 2 and 3 users). Once the 
Format window opens, click with the 
left mouse button 
^^^^^^^^ m in the box called 
'New Volume 
Name' and delete 
the word Empty. 



This month we bring you a 
powerful text editor, a handy 
spelling checker, an up-to-date 
virus checker and much more. 
Read on for all you need to know 



"Viork only with a 

COpy OT the QlSk OnCl Now type the name 

■ i ( , i i you want to call the 

keep the original in 



a safe place/' 



disk - My_progs in 
the example we've 
shown. Then click 
with the left mouse 
"" button in the 
Format box and a window called 
Format Request will appear. Again, 
click with the left mouse button in 
the box named Format and your disk 
will be formatted. 

Step 3 

Choose the programs that you want 
to de-archive (our example shows the 



AZSpell package) and drag the icon 
from the Amiga Shopper window to 
the My_progs window. (To do this, 
simply click on the icon called 
AZSpell. Dearch with the left mouse 
button, keep the button held down 
and drag the icon into the My_progs 
window, then release the button.) 
The de-archiving script will now 
be copied to the My_progs disk. If 
you're using a machine with only a 
single floppy drive you will need to 
swap disks during the copying 
process - but don't worry, the 
System Requester window will 
appear on the screen each time you 
need to do this. Simply insert the 
disk you're being asked for. If you 
keep your source disk - the one 



you're copying from - write-protected 
at all times, you can't possibly 
overwrite or delete any data on it. 

Step 4 

Now for the easy bit. To de-archive 
the AZSpell package just double-click 
on the AZSpell. arch icon in the 
My_progs window and the programs 
areautornaticaiiydecompressed. 
You'll have to do some more disk 
swapping -just follow the prompts 
as before. The picture labelled 'Step 
4a' shows what you'll see on the 
screen as AZSpell is de-archived. 

Picture 4b shows what you'll see 
once you've closed and reopened the 
My_progs window. The program is 
now ready to run in the normal way! 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 W 



COVER DISK 



Your guide to the software 



Just "what can the programs on 
this month's cover disk do for 
you? Here's a quick introduction 
to what you'll find... 



So just what do all these lovely 
utilities do? Read on and find out. 

EDWORD 

All Workbenches 

Archived size: 124,650 bytes 

Full size: 192,521 bytes 



bottom of the AZSpell window. Any 
word that isn't recognised is 
highlighted and a menu offers you a 
choice of words with similar spellings 
from the dictionary. You can add 
unidentified words to the dictionary, 
or indeed, merge whole new 




EdJo-a Vi.&- 



t, dfe: report. s/reportlp If the File could not be found or could not 
tded an error wess&sfe is displayed along with an AnisaDOS error 
to allow you decide what is win-mar. 



Nuhber of Lines 
Nunber of Uords 
Hunber of Bytes 



e in the 
decked so far, 
lease note to 
Is i t car' t f i-nti 
an has to wait 

ou to type in 



Niuiber of Lines ; 
>i* ds : 
KwVber of Bytes : 
Block Type = None 



At thQ fcottOl lllJpPOM'tt 

checked hiffMi^h | Huwber of Lines I 

On the pis 
found then a 1 
list takes word 
any fron the wo 

several seconds ** »*■*-> *rr^ - ■ w » t: | 

are listed in or* 

JS^aS lSokinT) Calculating ... ESC to cancel 

the words fron tJ 

will then be copjuu nuu \nv uurrvuiiun oux, vu 4ii.uw m 

correction. 

A valid word tone that will be checked) is defined as 



VC622 

All Workbenches 

Archived size: 56,093 bytes 

Full size: 115,962 bytes 

If you've got our previous two cover 
disks, you may he experiencing a 
feeling of d£jB-vu - we've included 
earlier versions of Virus Checker on 
each of them. This is the most 
recent version, released on 14 



a H opkben e h Screen 



ESC to cancel 



initial char: 



Call a program a 'text editor' and you expect a very basic 
word-cruncher. EdWord actually offers a good deal more 



iW IS S.J.H.Haptlgy, 



— l^-hl 



EdWord is a powerful and versatile 
text editing program that's extremely 
straightforward to use. It's the ideal 
package to turn your Amiga into a 
glass typewriter. It's called a text 
editor rather than a word processor, 
but there's not a lot it can't do, from 
formatting text to counting how many 
words you've written. And you can of 
course use it as a pure text editor 
and write your own programs with it 
For details of all its functions and 
how to get at them, read the doc file 
included on the disk. 

Use EdWord with the AZSpelt 
spelling checker utility also supplied 
on the cover disk and you should be 
turning out perfectly presented 
documents every time. 

AZSPELL 

All Workbenches 
Archived size: 95251 
Full size: 247,705 

A spelling checker is one of the 
essential utilities that anyone who 
writes on a computer should have. 
The package on our disk - AZSpell - 
comes with a large dictionary file 
(more than 200k) that recognises 
words such as aardvark and zygote, 
plus most of the others in between. 
When you run the program you'll 
see the text of the document that is 
being checked scroll along the 



dictionary files. 
We've already 
taught the package 
a whole range of 
Amiga-related 
words for you. 
One of the 
programs in the 
package is called AZ_ Assign - you 
need to run this before you start the 
main spelling checker. Alternatively, 
if you're using Workbench 2 or 
above, drag the AZ Assign icon into 
your WBStartup drawer. Users of 
other Workbench versions should 
copy A Z Assign to their c directory 
and add the command c:AZ_Assign 
to their startup-sequence. 



Add to dictionary 



Correct and Add 



AZSpell not only comes with a large 
dictionary, but you can customise it 
and check your spelling in context 

February 1993. To install Vims 
Checker, simply drag the icon into 
your WBStartup drawer (Workbench 
2 and higher) or copy it to your c 
directory and put the line 
c:Virus Checker in your startup- 
sequence. 




This is the latest version of Virus Checker, so there's not much It can't cope 
with, but It's friendly enough to tell you whenever it encounters any problems 



CGFONTS2 

Workbench 2 and above 
Archived size: 196,369 bytes 
Full size: 276,076 bytes 

This is a selection of five 'serious' 
CompuGraphic outline fonts that 
you'll find useful for anything from 
desktop publishing to video titling. 
;ir names are Middleton, 
Muriel, ParkHaven, 
RichardMurray and 
OswaldBlack. You can use 
them with the Fountain 
program supplied with 
Workbench 2 or the 
intellifont program with 
Workbench 3, various video 
titling, word processing and 
desktop publishing packages - the 
documentation with your programs 
will tell you if they can use 
CompuGraphic format fonts. 

CGFONTS7 

Workbench 2 and above 
Archived size: 177,632 bytes 
Full size: 260,018 bytes 

This archive contains six 

CompuGraphic 
HI outline fonts that 
you'll find useful for 
a variety of creative 
applications - 
MarkerFeltThin, 
Neuvarese-Boldltal, 
NixonlnChina, 
Oregon Dry, Polo- 
SemiScript and 
Rechtman-Script. 
MarkerFeltThin 
is a 'handwriting' 
font that gives the 
effect of a fine- 
point marker pen. 
White entirely 
legible at small point sizes, it has 
the most impact if you use it for 
posters and notices at sizes of 24 
point and above. Polo-SerniScript and 
Rechtman-Script are both also 
handwriting fonts. 

Neuvarese-Boldltal, as you've no 
doubt guessed, is a bold italic font. 
It's particularly useful because it 
includes additional characters such 
as fractions and Dingbats. Dingbats 
are a selection of handy symbols like 
a telephone o and scissors Se. 

NixonlnChina is an oriental style 
handwriting font that looks like the 
sort of type you often see used for 
Chinese restaurant menus. (& 



INSTALLLIBS 

If you find that you get the 
message arp. library not found' 
when you try to run any of this 
month's utilities, then simply use 
InstallLibs to add it to your 
system. 



Up So 



AS_SIi are ware^Ve 1 1 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



CONTENTS 
AT-A-GLANCE 

A1200 compatibility 39 

Accelerators 32 

Action Replay 39 

Akhterite printer 40 

ANSiC 31 

Bitmapped fonts 36 

C 31,37 

Chip RAM 32 

Citizen printers 39 

Colour printouts 38, 39 

Compilers 31 

Compugraphic fonts 36, 38 

Concept Keyboard 36 

Desktop publishing 32, 36, 38, 39 

Deluxe Paint 39 

DeskJet 31,40 

Excellence! 40 

File crunchers 40 

Font editors 38 

Hard drives 36 

IDE 36 

IFF output .....38 

Install 36 

Kickstart 32 

KindWords 32, 36 

Labels 40 

Megaboard 32 

Modulators 32 

NorthC 31, 37 

NotePad 36 

PageSetter 36, 39, 40 

PageStream 32 

Pen Pal 40 

PostScript 32, 38 

Power scanner 37 

PowerPacker 40 

Print densities ......39 

Professional Page 32, 38 

RAM 38,39 

ROMs 32 

Samplers 37 

Scanf 37 

SCSI 36 

Star printers 39 

Touch screens 36 

TransWrite 36 

TurboPrint Professional 31, 39 



OUR EXPERTS TACKLE YOUR REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS 




ANSWERS 




BANISH THE CONFUSION 



SO WHAT DO ALL THOSE ICONS MEAN? 




Beginners; 
this icon 
will appear 
next to any 
questions which are 
'basic' in content. 

Printers; 
this icon 
denotes a 
query 

about printers, printer 
drivers and so on. 





General: 
this icon is 
used for 
any 

general Amiga-related 

queries. 

Technical; 
any 

queries 
about 
programming will have 
this icon next to them. 



Caution: 
be sure 
that you 
fully 

understand the answer 
before trying it out. 







about using your Amiga 
with video hardware. 



Danger: 
the answer 
to this 
question 
couid well invalidate 
your warranty - or youl 

Music: this 
icon is for 
questions 
about 

MIDI, sampling, 

synthesizers and so on. 



M 



Hardware: 
this icon is 
used to 
denote 
questions relating to 
general hardware. 

Programs: 
any 

program- 
specific 

queries have this icon 

next to them. 





Buying 
advice: we 

use this 
icon if the 

question asks us for 

buying advice. 

Comms: if 
your 
question 
relates to 

comms, this is the icon 

that we'll use. 




WHATEVER YOUR PROBLEM WITH THE 

That's the task we have set ourselves in giving you the best 
possible support for your Amiga. We are confident that our experts 
can cope with any technical questions you can throw at them. If 
they don't already know the answer to your problem, they will find it 
out for you. 

We are prepared to deal with any problem you have with the 
Amiga, from general enquiries about AmigaDOS or Workbench, 
through questions about specific pieces of software and hardware, 
to advice on what you need to buy to do a particular task. If It's to 
do with the Amiga, we will help out. What we cannot do is offer this 
service over the telephone - do not phone us with your enquiries, 
but write to us at the address below. 

We also cannot enter into persona! correspondence - all 
enquiries will be dealt with In the pages of the magazine. This does 
mean a bit of a delay in solving your problem, but you'll just have to 
be a little patient and wait for It to appear in print. You won't get a 
personal reply even if you enclose an SAE with your letter, so please 
don't bother. 

Send your question on the form below to: Amiga Answers, Amiga 
Shopper, Beauford Court, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. 

The Amiga Answers panel consists of our consultant editors 



AMIGA, WE ARE HERE TO SOLVE IT 

Mark Smlddy and Jeff Walker - and, of course, our editor Cliff 
Ramshaw. We wilt also be calling on the services of ait our other 
contributors, so you won't be able to catch us napping - whatever 
the subject of your query. 

Each panellist will be dealing with queries In their own specialist 
area(s) so it would help us greatly if, when writing, you label your 
query envelope with the name of the expert who can solve your 
particular problem. 

Below is a list of areas of expertise. It's a tist that we will add to 
and update every month, so you will know who to write to about any 
subjects not mentioned here. 

Gary Whiteley - Video 

Paul Overaa - Programming, music 

Toby Simpson - P rogra mm ing, ha rdwa re 

Jeff Walker - Desktop publishing, printers 

Mark Smlddy - AmigaDOS, business, CDTV, hardware projects, 

hard and floppy disk drives 

Jason Holborn - Public Domain, AMOS 

Jolyon Ralph- Programming, hardware, CDTV 

Gus Chandler - All the other bits and pieces 



If you send in a question for the Amiga Answers experts, please fill 
in and include the form below (or a photocopy if you don't want to 
cut up your magazine). And please also make sure that you include 
all the relevant details - version numbers of software and so on - 
so that we have the best chance of helping you. Send your form and 
question to: Amiga Answers, Amiga Shopper, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath 
BA1 2BW. Sorry, but we cannot personally reply to any questions - even 
if you include an SAE. 



Hard disk: Mb as DH : Manufacturer 



Extra RAM fitted - type, size in Mb and manufacturer . 



Details of any other hardware which could help us to answer your question: 



Address: 



Now, use this space to describe your problem, Including as much relevant 
Information as possible. Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary. 



Your machine: 

A500 □ A500 Plus Q A600 Q A1000 Q A1200 □ 

A1500 Q A2000 Q A3000 Q A4000 □ 

Approximate age of machine: 

Kickstart version (displayed at the 'insert Workbench' prompt) 

1.2 Q 1.3 □ 2.x □ 

Workbench revision (written on the Workbench disk) 

1.2 □ 1.3 □ 1.3.2 Q 2.x Q 3.0 Q 

PCB revision (if known). Do not take your machine apart just to look 

for this! 

Total memory fitted (see AVAIL In Shell for 1.3 Workbench) 

Chip memory available (see AVAIL in Shell) 

Agnus chip (if known) 

Extra drive #1 (3.5"/5.25") as DF_: Manufacturer 

Extra drive #2 (3.5" 75.25") as DF_: Manufacturer 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



NO PROBLEM! 



Every month our aim on the Amiga Answers 
pages is to provide definitive solutions to those 
tricky problems that have had you baffled. And, 
while this section Is based firmly on solving 
individual readers' questions, we also seek to set 
the answer In a wider context - thus giving 
helpful advice to all those people with an Interest 
in a particular topic, 

I've just inherited the task of reading through 
all the questions that pour Into our office every 
day (at the astonishing rate of some 100 a 
week) and making sure that they're passed on to 
the expert In our team who's the best qualified 
to solve your problem. 

It's our use of a wide variety of experts to 
tackle your queries that makes the Answers 
pages as vibrant and informative as they are - 
and we've got lots of Ideas that we'll be 
Introducing over the next few months to make 
sure that Amiga Answers stays the most exciting 



and readable problem-solving section of any 
Amiga magazine. 

So, who are the experts that we've got 
chained to their computers? 

Well, If you've got a problem that Involves 
the intricacies of AmigaOOS, then Mark Smlddy 
will be offering his words of wisdom. He's also 
your man If you've got a query over any business- 
related package. 

Gary White ley will be the chap we put on the 
spot if you want to know more about an aspect 
of video, or simply want advice on the best 
monitor to buy or how to connect It up. 

Hardware posers are Toby Simpson's forte, 
and If you want to discover more about 
accelerator cards - and which in particular would 
be best suited for your needs - then pin back 
your eyelids and get a retina-load of Toby's 
expertise. Toby also holds forth on matters of 
programming - assembler and C especially. 



Need some advice on which DTP package to 
buy, or how to drive It? Then check out what Jeff 
Walker has to say and you'll soon be a design 
maestro too. 

Jason Holbom is our house-trained AMOS 
chappie - and nothing makes him happier than 
poring over readers' code. For good measure, 
Jason also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of 
PD software - when he can't sleep It's Fish disks 
that he counts, not sheep. 

Well, now that you know who the team are 
It's down to you. Keep those problems pouring 
in. Hope that you enjoy this month's selection. 
Happy computing, 



($"ia£» 




DESKJET UPGRADE? 

I've owned a DeskJet 
500C for about a 
year, and now the 
550C has been 
released. My questions are: Is there 
any way I can upgrade without 
selling my 500C, and are Turboprint 
Professional 2.0 and Wordworth 1.1 
compatible with the 550C? 

Paul White 
Edinburgh 

No, Paul, I don't know of any Hewlett- 
Packard trade-in deals, although it's 
perfectly possible if you look long 
enough that you might find a dealer 
willing to do a part-exchange. 

Turboprint Professions/ 2.0 does 
not come with a DeskJet 550C 
driver, but IrseeSoft has said that it 
will write one. I guess we'll have to 
wait for version 2.1 for that. But 
remember that these are Turboprint 
printer drivers, not standard 
Workbench Preferences drivers. 

Wordworth prints via Workbench 
Preferences, so it will work with any 
printer for which there is a 
Preferences driver. The only 550C 
Preferences driver I know of comes 
with a package called Studio, from 
JAM » 0895 274449. JW 

HIT THE NORTH 

I have recently 
acquired Mastering 
Amiga C but cannot 
get the following 
listing from Chapter 4 to compile 
cleanly... 
#include <stdio.h> 
/* convert inches to feet */ 




#define START 
tdefine END 
tdefine STEP 
tdefine FACTOR 




24 

6 
12.0 



float inches_to_feet(int J 

inches); 
maind 
t 

int inches; 
print f ("%s\t%s\n" , "inches" , J 

"feet"),- /* print heading */ 
for(inches=START; J 

incheB<=END; J 

inches= inches + STEP ) 
{ 
prijitf !"5sd\tH.2f\n", J 

inches, J 

inches_to_f eet { inches ) ) ; 
} 
printf ("End of programW ) ; 
} 

/* — */ 

float inches_to_f eet ( int J 

inches) 



( 

float result; 
result -inches /FACTOR; J 
/* single function to J 
convert inches to feet */ 
return ( result ) ; 
I 

Any Ideas or suggestions as to 
the cause would be welcome. 

S. Smith, 

Sunderland 

Tyrte & Wear 

The compilation errors are caused by 
you using the ANSI C disk form of the 
program directly instead of modifying 
it as explained in the disk file 
'Compiler' doc notes. The listings in 
Mastering Amiga C have to be used 
with both ANSI C and K&R C 
compilers, and there simply wasn't 
the room to include both versions of 
all programs. To convert the ANSI C 
listing into a NorthC compilable form 



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ANSI C - a standard for the language devised by the American National 
Standards Institute, which differs from some areas and clarifies others 
of the original definition of C given by the language's creators. 

C - a com pi fed language designed primarily for systems programming. It 
was used to write much of the Amiga's operating system, and is used in 
the writing of many Amiga applications. 

Compiler - a means of translating a program to render it understandable to 
the computer. A compiler translates the whole thing into machine code 
before it is run. 

Printer driver - a program that sits inbetween any applications program 
producing output and the printer. It converts any codes describing text 
and graphics format into a form suitable for a specific printer. 




is not difficult 

and, as 

mentioned, 

details are 

provided on disk. 

If you follow the 

required steps you'll end up with this 

K&R style, NorthC runnable, version: 

tinclude <stdio.h> 

/* convert inches to feet */ 

#define START 

#define END 24 

tdefine STEP 6 

#define FACTOR 12.0 

/* float inches_to_feetJ 
(int inches); I've comnen-J 
ted out this prototype and J 
will declare the function J 
as using the 'old style' J 
K&R C farm */ 

main( ) 

t 

float inehes_to_f eet < ) ; J 
/* declare function as J 
returning a float value */ 

int inches ; 
printf ( "%b \t%s\n" , "inches" , J 
"feet"}; /* print heading */ 

for(inches=START; J 
inches <=END; J 
inches = inche a +STEP ) 
( 

printf ("%d\t%.2f\n", J 
inches, J 

inches_to_feet ( inches) ) ; 
) 

printf ("End of program\n" ) ; 

} 

/* */ 

float inches_to_f eet ( inches ) 

int inches; 



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Fl 



float result; 

results inches /FACTOR; J 
/* simple function to J 
convert inches to feet */ 

return (result) ; 

} 

I* */ 

PAO 

CAN IT BE DONE? 

My mother is starting 
a magazine - 100 
pages, full colour - 
and I would like her 
to use my Amiga 500. Is this 
possible? What hardware and 
software would be necessary? 

Rlcardo Carvalho 
Portugal 

Yes, it's possible, but you'll need 
quite a lot of extra hardware. 

To start with you'll need lots of 
extra memory - the more the better, 
but at least 8Mb. Then you'll need a 
very big hard disk, at least 300 to 
400Mb, to handle all the scanned 
images and finished PostScript files 
for each issue of the magazine. And 
the basic Amiga isn't really quick 
enough for professional desktop 
publishing, so an accelerator will be 
needed - a 68030 at least, but a 
68040 would be better. 

The simplest way to kill all these 
birds with one stone is probably the 
GVP A530 accelerator upgrade - and 
you could win one on page 122! 

The main trouble is that your 
Amiga 500 is an old one with only 
512k of graphics (Chip) memory. 
Desktop publishing is extremely 
graphics-intensive, and you really 
need at least 1Mb of graphics 
memory - 2Mb is much better, It's 
possible to alter the Amiga 500 
motherboard to accommodate 1Mb 
of graphics memory, but it would be 
a lot simpler, and probably less 
expensive all round, if you sold the 
Amiga 500 and bought an A3000. 

You'll also need a decent 



monitor. While it is perfectly possible 
to desktop publish on a cheap 1084 
(or equivalent) monitor, life is made 
a lot easier by the higher resolution 
of a multisync monitor. 

Software-wise you'll need a 
professional desktop publishing 
program that is capable of producing 
PostScript colour separations. The 
choice is between Professional Page 
and PageStream. In my experience 
Professional Page's PostScript 
output is more flexible and more 
trustworthy than PageStream 's. 

If you were thinking that perhaps 
your mother could produce her 
magazine 'cheaply' on the Amiga, 
then I think you can see that this is 
not the case. You can produce 
professional, full-colour magazines 
on the Amiga - indeed there are 
several European full-colour 
computer magazines produced 
almost entirely on the Amiga, and the 
total cost of the equipment required 
is probably less than half the 
equivalent Macintosh set-up (which 
is what almost all professionals use) 
- but it's still going to cost a pretty 
penny. JW 

NEW ROMS FOR OLD 

I am a relative 
beginner in the 
computing world. I 
bought a second-hand 
A500 thinking I didn't want to 
spend too much money on 
something I wasn't sure I would 
like, and I love it! My problem is 
that I would love to upgrade It to 
Workbench 2 and get a ROM sharer. 
After looking through the Ads, I'm 
puzzled about which equipment I 
need to buy. Which is the best buy, 
and which make Is best? 

J. Wilcox 
Bristol 

A ROM sharer is a small circuit board 
or 'daughterboard' with two empty I C 
(integrated circuit) sockets on it, a 




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Modulator - a device which combines the output signal from a video source 
with a high-frequency signal. This is required for input into TVs, which 
expect to receive tbeir signals at very high frequencies. 

PostScript - a powerful mathematical language used to describe graphics 
and text images to compatible printers. Because it does not rely on a 
pixel system, objects so described can be scaled and rotated without 
distortion or loss of detail. 

RAM - Random Access Memory, so called because any part of it can be 
accessed immediately rather than having to search through from the 
start of memory to the point of interest. RAM is used to hold programs 
while they are being executed and temporary data. The contents of RAM 
are lost when the power is switched off. 

ROM - Read-Only Memory is used to store essential programs, such as 
Kickstart and many of the library routines. These do not have to be re- 
loaded each time the Amiga is switched on because ROM retains its 
contents without power. No new information can be written to ROM. 



T URN IT D OWNI 

! r ~7 V I have just upgraded to an Amiga 1200, having previously 
/l owned an Amiga 500 +, and I am very happy with it apart 

„ from one thing. The sound output of the 1200 is much too 

■1 high, causing the sound to distort at higher levels. It seems 



to make no difference whether I try using the SCART or RF modulator. I 
didn't have this problem with my 500+. Can you offer any help or advice? 

Mark Ingle, 
Leicester. 

First the bad news, then the good news, Mark. Commodore Technical 
informs us that the first series of 1200 motherboards were equipped with an 
audio output signal considerably higher than that of the previous models, 
which explains why you discovered distortion when your machine was played 
through a hi-fi with an input level acceptable to a 500+. 

However, the good news is that if you contact Wang, the official service 
and warranty agent for Commodore, on * 081-231 3700, you can get a 
friendly service engineer to come to your home under the on-site warranty 
and carry out a free upgrade for your machine which will reduce the output 
signal level to the same as per your 500+, making your wonderful noises 
crystal clear once more. MS 



couple of components, and either a 
short ribbon lead with an IC plug on 
the end or an IC plug mounted on the 
underside of the daughterboard. 
Since your Amiga is second-hand, 
you have no problems with 
warranties, so open up your Amiga 
and identify the Kickstart ROM (If you 
are a little unsure about this, refer to 
the diagram on page 86 of Amiga 
Shopper 24. If you need to order this 
issue, see page 95.) 

You then need to remove the 
Kickstart ROM, and insert the IC plug 
into the empty socket. The two 
empty I C sockets on the 
daughterboard are for the Kickstart 
1.3 and the Kickstart 2 ROMs 
respectively. Some ROM sharers 
require an externally-mounted switch, 
which switches between the ROMs. 
You need to turn the power off on 
your Amiga to do this. More recent 
ROM sharers have a short cable 
which clips on to one of the legs on 
the Gary IC. This enables you to 
switch between ROMs using a 
keyboard command - no need to turn 
off the power. There are several on 
the market, and the range is growing 
monthly. You also, of course, need to 
buy the Kickstart 2 ROM. WR 

CRASH BARRIER? 

HI have expanded my 
A500 to 2Mb using 
the Zydec Mega- 
board, which 
seems to work without problems 
apart from crashing some of my 
older games. However, I also find 
that KindWords, the word processor 
in my integrated office package, 
tends to crash a lot, especially 
when I have loaded the spelling 
checker into memory. The first 
check proceeds all right, but after I 
have done some more work I get an 
error such as: "error reading 
dictionary" or "dictionary could not 
be found". I thought KindWords 
might be at fault so I tried Mini 



Office instead, but this has similar 
problems. 

Is it the software, the machine 
or the Megaboard at fault? When it 
crashes the power light flashes and 
I get a guru message. Is this 
because I only have 0.5Mb of Chip 
RAM fitted? If this Is the case how 
can I get more Chip RAM and can I 
do the modification myself? 

Next an Interesting query. I 
have a lot of old quarter-Inch audio 
tapes recorded in the '50s at the 
broadcasting speed of 15 inches per 
second. The reel-to-reel deck I own 
has a top speed of half that. 
Therefore would it be possible to 
use a sound sampler to adjust the 
speed and copy them back to tape 
or even disk? 

Finally, while trying to make my 
own bootable disk as described In 
Mastering AmigaDOS 2 Vol. 1, when 
I type "Install DfO:", even with a 
formatted disk in DfO: I am always 
asked for a Workbench and then 
told the disk Is w rite-protected. 
What am I doing wrong? 

Tony Cur ran 
Dalkey, Co. Dublin 

If I had a pound for every person who 
wrote to Amiga Shopper asking about 
KindWords 2 I think I could become a 
tax exile. KindWords 2 is appallingly 
bad and should be given a decent 
burial. Kind Words 3 is a complete 
rewrite, shares none of the same 
code and is not remotely similar. 
Never confuse the two. Mini Office 
on the other hand should be a lot 
more stable. 

It is just possible, therefore, that 
the problem might lie with the 
Megaboard, and the only way to be 
absolutely certain is to remove it and 
work with 1Mb. Adding extra Chip 
RAM is not usually a problem, 
although it does require some 
surgery to the board. I cannot be 100 
per cent certain the Megaboard 

nntinued on page 36 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 35 • MAY 1993 



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iMI'muti from poge 32 

would work with 1Mb Chip (to give 
1Mb Chip and 1Mb Fast) but I can 
see no reason why not. (Evesham 
Micros' technical bods are on 0386 
40303 and they should be able to 
give you a definitive answer.) 

As far as your reel-to-ree t deck is 
concerned I think you would find it an 
insurmountable task to sample audio 
to disk, double its frequency and 
restore it to tape a few seconds at a 
time. There is no doubt it could be 
done, but I feel a specialist could do 
the job a lot faster for you. You could 
also try approaching a local 
independent radio station - they may 
find the tapes worthwhile for their 
curiosity value and in this case 
they'd probably do the job free of 
charge. 

The instructions in Mastering 
AmigaDOS 2 assume two things: 
either you have two drives or you 
have read and understood some 
earlier text. This particular section 
could have been done better, I'll 
admit. The easiest way around the 
problem is to enter the following 
before you try the instruction: 

RESIDENT C: INSTALL 

That will copy the instruction to RAM 
and allow you to install the disk in 
DfO: without having to swap disks in 
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SPEEDIER SCSI? 

r^T "m The A1200 really is 
h/\ I as good as It's 
l^^^^J cracked up to be (if 
1^1 laBi not quite as fast), but 
It's obvious that Workbench 3.0 
needs a hard disk to get the best 
from it. 

Everyone says that the 2.5-inch 
IDE drives are too slow and that I 
should wait for a SCSI adapter and 
buy an A 500 type drive. 

(a) What are the advantages of a 
SCSI drive over the Internally-fitting 
IDE type? (If I chose the IDE, a 
dealer would fit it.) 

(b) Would an average home user 
(using the Amiga for word 
processing, accounts, DTP and 
games) notice the difference? 

Stephen Mercer, 

Market Harborough, 

Leicestershire. 

Someone has not been entirely 
honest with you, Stephen. The 2.5- 
inch IDE drives are actually very fast 
indeed. Quite a large amount of bad 
press has appeared recently about 
IDE drives on the Amiga. It is true 
that they are not as fast or as 
advanced as SCSI, but I'd be 
amazed if you could really notice the 



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Compugraphic fonts - rather than a simple bit-mapped image of each 
character, which grows more jagges with magnification, a Compugraphic 
font represents the shape of each character within the font as a 
mathematical equation of the outline. Consequently, as the magnitude 
of the character is varied in printing, no information is lost and the 
result always looks smooth. 

Font - the group of letters, numbers and special characters that corn prise 
one variation of typeface - for examle, 12pt Times, 12pt Times Bold, 
12pt Times Italic. Sometimes (loosely) used in desktop publishing to 
refer to a type family. 

SCSI - Small Computer Systems Interface is the standard used for 
connecting hard drives, CD-ROM drives and tape back-up units to 
computers. 




enough, and 



difference as a home user - and 
besides, they are cheaper than their 
SCSI counterparts, and the interface 
is built-in, so you only need the drive. 
SCSI is faster. It's also cleverer, 
and more expensive. It also depends 
a great deal on the type of machine 
the drive is in. An IDE drive on an 
Amiga is quite an impressive beast. I 
strongly recommend you look into 
the IDE option - at least get a 
demonstration. Also, look at the 
article about installing hard disks in 
your A600/A1200 that we ran in AS 
23 for more information on the 
subject. If you missed that issue, our 
back issue service is on page 95. rs 

WHICH WP? 

I have struggled with 
the limited 
capabilities of 
Notepad fat long 
have tried PD 
programs which crash, fall to print 
or refuse to word-wrap. 1 would now 
like to buy a commercial package. 
I cannot afford very much (£50) 
and definitely cannot rush out and 
buy a hard disk or memory 
expansion (i have 1Mb). Nor can I 
afford to replace the 18-pin NEC 
Pinwriter P2 which I acquired for 
nought, having succeeded in getting 
this to work with the CBM- 
MPS1000 driver. 

I don't believe I need a 
particularly fancy package, but I do 
need more control over the layout of 
the text than NotePad-can provide. 
A spelling checker would also be of 
benefit. I want to produce the 
minutes of meetings, circulars, and 
so on. These are seldom more than 
a few pages long, so I am hoping 
1Mb of memory will prove sufficient. 
I am unlikely to need to Import 
graphics. 

After reading the article in issue 
6 [Amiga Shopper's last round-up of 
word processors] it would appear 
that Trans Write may be the right 
sort of package, although it would 
be useful to be able to mix fonts In 
a document for titling. However, 
this article Is over a year old and 



some of the tested word processors 
have been updated. I would 
appreciate your advice- 
David Purcell 
Worthing 
Sussex 

We aim to please: this very issue 
features an up-to-date word 
processor round-up (see page 14), 
so you know what the current 
packages can do and how much they 
cost. The ones that import graphics 
are the same ones that let you mix 
fonts on the page. Back then they 
were doing it with low resolution 
Amiga bitmap fonts; these days the 
best ones are doing it with high 
resolution scalable outline fonts. 

But the prices haven't changed. 
Such word processors cost £100 or 
more. 

With a budget of £50, Trans Write 
is still your best choice. You could 
look at KindWords 3 (which is a cut- 
down version of Wordworth), but 
keep in mind that bitmap fonts and 
scalable fonts take up memory, both 
to display and to print, particularly in 
large sizes. You may well find that 
1Mb will restrict what you can 
produce in KindWords 3. JW 

INVISIBLE TOUCH 

W i ■ In some shopping 
/A I centres i have seen 
l^^^jl information 
Lfl Bi computers without 
keyboards which are operated 
simply by pressing boxes on the 
screen. Is It possible to write a 
program tor the Amiga that will do 
the same Job? Do lightpens use the 
same technology? 

Patrick Harrop 

Bromley, 

Kent 

It isn't possible to get such a system 
up and running unless you've got the 
neccessary hardware. In the case of 
the 'point of information' systems 
you're referring to (the techies call 
them 'POIs'), you'd need a touch- 
sensitive screen adaptor. This is 
simply a transparent screen that fits 



over the front of the Amiga's 
monitor. Unfortunately, touch- 
sensitive screens are rather 
expensive - although I haven't 
actually seen one running on an 
Amiga, similar devices for the Atari 
ST and PC machines cost around 
£200 - and don't forget that you 
also have to add the cost of a 
monitor on top of this. 

A lightpen might perhaps be a 
better bet, although they are prone 
to vandalism if you intended using 
your POI in a real-life environment - 
because the pen is attached to the 
machine via a cable, some people 
just can't resist stealing them. Your 
best bet would be something like the 
'Concept Keyboard' that we covered 
back in AS 7 - an A4-size touch- 
sensitive pad with an array of 256 
cells on its surface. Pressing one of 
these cells emulates a keypress (or 
sequence of keypresses) on an 
ordinary Amiga keyboard. This is very 
similar to the pressure-sensitive 
pads that most information systems 
use - not only are they robust, but 
they're water- proof too. What's more, 
it would probably be considerably 
easier to write driver software for a 
Concept Keyboard than it would be 
to drive a lightpen or touch-sensitive 
screen. For information on the 
Concept Keyboard, contact HB 
Marketing « 0753 686000. JH 

SORTING OUT CG FONTS 

As a user of Gold 
Disk's PageSetter II i 

Ir^ I have bought Volumes 
m^^J 1 and 2 of George 
Thompson Services' Compugraphic 
Fonts. I am experiencing one or two 
problems using them on my dual 
floppy Amiga 500, which has 5Mb 
of memory fitted. 

It appears that these fonts need 
to be transferred to PageSetter It's 
PSUtil disk before they can be used. 
Accordingly I prepared a number of 
copies of PSUtil, with the following 
files deleted to provide space for 
the CG fonts: all files pertaining to 
bitmap fonts, all NewsLetter files, 
HDInstall, HELP-lnstall, Install-Proc, 
and DIskMount. 

To the space now available on 
the copies of the PSUtil disk I 
copied the appropriate fbntname.lib, 
fontname .metric and fontname.atc 
files for a variety of CG fonts, 
putting a different choice of fonts 
on each disk. 

My first problem arose when I 
tried to use in the same document a 
mixture of fonts which were not all 
on the same copy of the PSUtil disk. 
PageSetter II would not recognise 
any copy of PSUtil apart from the 
one loaded first, so t could use only 
those fonts Installed on this 
particular disk. How can I use the 
fonts on the other disks? 

My second problem concerns 



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font caching. When I made my first 
use of a copy of PSUtii with the GTS 
CG fonts Installed, I printed the 
document, before saving it, only to 
have trie program hang. On the next 
occasion I tried to save the 
document before printing. This time 
I got the message "Writing cache to 
disk" followed by "Disk full", and 
the program hung once again. 

For my next attempt I used a 
PSUtii disk that was only 85 per 
cent full, and was successful. 

I note from the PageSetter II 
manual that the font cache is 
written to disk when the internal 
cache fills up or when you quit the 
program. What happens if there Is 
not enough space on the PSUtii disk 
to take the complete font cache? 
Does the program write as much of 
the cache to disk as the space 
available allows and leave the 
program still functioning, or does It 
crash? 

Is it possible to prevent an 
attempt to write a font cache to 
disk? I realise that this could slow 
down the creation of documents, 
but I have to say that time Is not of 
the essence. I can afford an extra 
four or five minutes, but not the 
cost of a hard drive. Could the RAM 
disk be helpful In any way? 

Dr Frank Jones 

Djffield 

Derbyshire 

PageSetter II looks for its 
Compugraphic font files in a 'logical' 
device named 'CGFonts:' - a logical 
device being one created with the 
Assign command. 

in the startup-sequence in the S 
directory of the PageSetter II program 
disk, you'll see three Assign 
statements, two of which we are 
interested in: "Assign CGFonts 
PSUtikCGFonts" and "Assign 
CGCache: CGFonts:CGCache". These 
statements mean that the CGFonts: 
logical device is assigned to the 
CGFonts directory on the PSUtii disk, 
and the CGCache: device (where the 
caches get saved) is assigned to the 
CGCache directory on the CGFonts: 
device - in other words the CGCache 
directory that is inside the CGFonts 
directory on the PSUtii disk. 

You are free to change these 
assignments however you like, but 
the easiest thing to do when working 
from floppies is to create disks that 
are called CGFonts and CGCache - 
these, when mounted (put in the disk 
drive, that is) will automatically 
become CGFonts; and CGCache: 
devices. Note that it is the colon 
after the name that signifies a 
device. 

You would not need CGFonts and 
CGCache directories on these disks; 
everything can be saved in the root 
directory. But as well as the font files 
there is one more file that must be 



present in CGFonts:, the file named 
CGT, so make sure you copy this on 
to every CGFonts disk you create. 

If you are booting from the Page- 
Setter II program disk, as opposed to 
Workbench, then you will need to 
remove the CGFonts: and CGCache: 
Assign statements from the 
S:startup-sequence file on the 
PageSetter II program disk. 

When the PageSetter II program 
first loads, it investigates the 
CGFonts: device to see what CG 
fonts are available. Whatever fonts it 
finds in CGFonts: are the only fonts 
that will be made available to you, so 
it is not possible to read another font 
from another CGFonts disk after the 
program has loaded. One way around 
this would be to create a CGFonts 
directory in the RAM disk (before 
running PageSetter It) and copy into 
it the CGT file and all the files for the 
fonts you want to use. Then from the 
CLI use "Assign CGFonts: 
RAM:CGFonts". Then run PageSetter 
II. All the fonts in RAM:CGFonts will 
now be available to you. 

This will of course reduce the 
amount of memory available to Page- 
Setter II for creating documents, but 
you have 5Mb and can easily spare 
2Mb for a CGFonts: device in RAM. 

You have two ways of dealing 
with font caching to disk. First, you 
can switch it off completely by using 
Compugraphic Font Control in the 
Preferences menu. Change the Max 
Disk Cache Size to zero, press 
Return and hit the OK button. Now 
PageSetter /(will create the caches 
in memory, but will not save them 
out to disk. However, this must be 
done every time you run PageSetter it 
- it cannot be set up once and saved 
as a 'preference'. 

Alternatively, use a special 
CGCache disk, as described above, 
remembering to remove the CGCache 



assignment from the S:startup- 
sequence file on the PageSetter II 
program disk if you are booting from 
that disk. Using this method, when 
PageSetter It wants to save the 
caches to disk it will put up a 
requester asking you to place volume 
CGCache in any drive. 

Because there was no current 
CGCache: device when you ran 
PageSetter It, no font caches from a 
specific disk will have been opened, 
so PageSetter //won't demand a 
specific disk for saving. Provided the 
disk is named CGCache, PageSetter 
//will save the cache to it. But then 
these disk caches are not actually 
being used, so this method is a bit 
of waste of time, and if the disk gets 
full you'll be back to the "Disk full" 
message and the crashing problem. 
The crash is something that 
shouldn't happen, but does - it's a 
bug. JW 

WHERE'S THE TEXT? 

I have bought NorthC 
and have printed out 
and read all the files 
on the disk {I think) 
but although I've successfully 
compiled the 'Hello World' type 
programs I'm having some trouble 
with my latest efforts, namely the 
following program... 

iinclude <stdio.h> 

main() 

{ 

float average; 

int a,b,c,d; 

a=b= c=d= averages ; 

printf("\n Enter three J 
numbers \n" ) ; 

scanf ("%d %d 
%d",&a,&b,&c) ,- 

dWa+b+c ; 

average=d/3 .0; 

print f ("\n The average J 




is %0,2f\n", average) j 




CANT BE DONE 

will buy a Power Scanner soon, but first I have a few 
questions that my local dealer is unable to answer. 
(a) My father owns a 80386 SX MS-DOS machine with VGA 
and Windows and he wants to know if It will be possible to 
use the Power Scanner on his computer, 
(b) In your review In Issue 14 you said that there is some sort of 
through port on the Interface, for keeping the printer connected. Can It be 
used for the MasterSound sampler too? 

Jurrlaan Knol 

Bovenkarspel 

Netherlands 

(a) The short answer is no. The long answer is: The scanner head itself could 
be used, provided a suitable interface and software could be found. But then 
when you buy a suitable interface and software, it tends to come in a 
package with a scanner head as part of the deal, so your father won't need 
the Power Scanner one. 

(b) No again. The interface's throughport was designed specifically with 
printers In mind - that is, it has only output lines for data going out to a 
printer, not input lines. Anything that tries to input to the throughport is likely 
to make the interface think that the scanner is being used, which, if it isn't 
the scanner that's being used (because, for example, it's a sampler that's 
trying to input data), will normally result in a crash. JW 



} 



When I run the program the linefeed 
on the first printf() occurs but the 
message doesn't appear until after I 
have entered three numbers. Then 
the resonse is: 

Enter three numbers 
The average is xxxx 

with xxxx being correct to two 
decimal digits. Why Isn't the 'Enter 
three numbers' prompt coming up 
before I enter them and how can I 
get NorthC to accept floating point 
variables from the keyboard? 

Martin Davis 

Guisborough 

Cleveland 

These missing printfO output 
problems occur because output is 
being buffered rather than sent out 
directly. Try putting this statement: 

f flush {stdout} i 
immediately after your first printf() 
command. This will force any 
buffered data to be printed. Your 
program actually worked fine on my 
A2000. 

The scanf() problem is a little 
more difficult to solve because 
NorthC ' s acanf{) function doesn't 
currently support floating point 
number input at all, One would 
normally expect to get around this by 
reading the floating point input data 
as a string, and then using a string- 
to-number conversion function to 
convert the string to floating-point 
form. ANSI C provides a function 
called atof(} which can do the job, 
but unfortunately NorthC's 
documentation says that this also 
has not been implemented. Luckily 
there's another solution - the 
amlga.llb library contains fast- 
floating-point (ffp) to string 
conversion routines. (These work well 
with NorthC because NorthC uses 
the ffp format internally). The bottom 
line is that you can use scanf() to 
input the number as a text string and 
use the afp() amiga.lib routine to 
convert the text string to a number. 

Suppose, for example, that you 
wish to write a program which 
converts a Fahrenheit temperature to 
the equivalent degrees centigrade by 
collecting a floating point number 
using this sort of code: 

print f ( "enter degrees in J 
f ahrenheit : \n" ) ; 

scanf ( "%lf , ^temperature) ; 

Since we can't use scanf() we need 
to read the input number as a text 
string. The following example does 
this, converts the input to ffp number 
form, does a Fahrenheit to 
centigrade conversion, and then 
uses printf() to display the result... 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



tfinclude <stdio.h> 

^include <math.h> 

char data_buffer[20] ; 

float temperature; 

main( ) 

{ 

float afp(); 

print f ( "Enter degrees J 

Fahrenheit\n") ; 
scanf ( "%b " , dat a_buf f er ) j J 

/* read number as string */ 
temperature =af p (data„buf f er } J 

; f* convert to ftp */ 
temperatures (temperature- J 

32.0)/1.8; /* F to C */ 
printf ("%f \n", temperature) ; J 

/* and display */ 
} 

If you are new to NorthC you may 
have problems with the compiling/ 
linking stages, so here are a few 
extra notes. One approach is to 
compile, but not link, the code using 
a cc command line such as... 

cc -c -otest.o test.c 

This takes a source code file, called 
test.c, and produces a file called 
test.o which is the object code 
module required by the linker. To 
create a runnable program this file 
needs to be linked and because 
we've used the amiga.lib library afp<) 
function it is necessary to get access 
to amiga.lib during the linking stage. 

Assuming that amiga.lib has 
been copied into the NorthC:cllbs 
directory you can carry out the linking 
using a blink command line like this; 

BLINK crtO.o + test.o TO J 
test LIBRARY clibs: libc.a J 
clibs : amiga . lib 

As you'll see from the NorthC 
documentation, the crtO.o file is the 
NorthC startup code, and libc.a is 
NorthC's own C library file. 

Another, slightly easier, approach 
is to use NorthC's cc program to 
pass details of the libraries that 
must be searched during linking. 
There is a 'b' flag mentioned in the 
documentation that allows library 
names to be passed to the linker. 
Assuming that the libc.a library and 
amiga.lib are both present in the 
directory assigned to clibs: we would 
want to pass the command 

LIBRARY clibs: libc.a J 
cliba: amiga. lib 

to the linker. Because this contains 
spaces it has to be enclosed in 
double quotes, and the cc command 
line needed ends up looking 
something like this: 

cc -otest -b" library J 
clibsilibc.a J 
clibs: amiga. lib" test.c 
PAO 



TO BOLDLY GO 

^^H When using 

B__UB Compugraphle 

I jfirv* I typefaces In 

L^_^| Professional Page 3 It 
Is easy to mark a block and then 
make it bold or italic or whatever. 

Now, Professional Page 3 
provides s utility to convert Adobe 
Type 1 typefaces to Compugraphic. 
If you look at a Type 1 typeface you 
will see that it exists In many styles 
- Courier, Courier-Sold, Courier-Bold- 
Italic and so on - all of which I 
assume to be essentially the same 
file, each with a bit of PostScript 
language defining the width or the 
slant or whatever. 

I assumed that converting the 
base Type 1 typeface would be 
sufficient, because Professional 
Page could apply its own formatting 
to the new Compugraphic typeface 
created. But this does not appear to 
be the case - the text will neither 
slant nor bolden. Is this working as 
designed, an undocumented 
program restriction, a user cockup, 
or what? 

Mike Lanng 

Hatch Warren 

Hampshire 

it's working as designed. The bold 
and italic (and so on) versions of a 
typeface are not merely 
mathematically altered versions 
(thickened, slanted, and so on) of 
the "base" or plain typeface, they 
are completely different designs, so 
they require completely separate font 
definitions. Yes, it's possible for 
example to slant an upright or 
Roman typeface to approximate 
italics, but this will not be a correct 
italicised typeface. 

This means you need a separate 
Type 1 font definition file and usually 
a separate metrics file for each 
typeface in the type family. The same 
rules apply to Compugraphic 
typefaces, although here it is 
possible for a type family to share 
the same metrics file. 

When a type family does share 
the same metrics file, it is possible 



in Professional Page to apply the 
Bold and Italics style options from 
the Typeface menu to the plain 
typeface, and thus get the text to 
appear in bold or italics - provided 
the metrics file contains the spacing 
data for the bold and italics (or 
whatever) versions. If a proper bold 
font definition file of the typeface is 
available (Courier-Bold, lib for 
example) then that data is used; 
otherwise Professional Page will 
mathematically thicken the typeface 
(or slant it, in the case of italics). 

The CGTimes and CGTriumvirate 
typefaces that come with 
Professional Page have information 
contained in their metrics files for 
plain, bold, italic and bold-italics 
versions of the typefaces, which is 
why you can get bold and italics with 
these two typefaces, even though 
you don't have the proper bold and 
italics font definition files. The other 
Compugraphic typefaces supplied 
with Professional Page 3 contain only 
information for the plain typeface, 
which is why the bold and italics 
style options don't work with these. 
The same goes for any Type 1 
typeface you convert to 
Compugraphic with FontManager- 
the metrics file created contains 
information for only the particular 
typeface converted. 

So, having the proper font 
definition files for each style of 
typeface in the type family is the 
proper or more professional way to 
to do it, and mathematically slanting 
or thickening a plain typeface is the 
amateur or less aesthetic way - a 
quick hack, if you like, to get around 
the problem if you can't afford or 
haven't got the real thing. JW 

PD QUESTION 

aX. Where can I lay my 
hands on a PD 
program called 
ILBM.LIbrary? 
2. Can you recommend a decent PD 
font editor? I've tried using the FED 
font editor on my Workbench disk, 
but have found It to be rather 
unsuitable. 



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IFF - Interchange File Format is a means by which data from different 
graphics or sound sampling programs is saved in a compatible way. It 
allows data to be exchanged between programs very easily. 

Linker - a program which joins together the various segments of code 
produced by a compiler, along with any relevant library routines, and 
produces a finished, executable program. 

Startup-sequence - a program which is executed every time the Amiga is 
switched on and after every reset, It sets up the system so that it is 
usable from Workbench, and may be customised by those who have 
unusual hardware or software requirements. 



Typeface - all sizes of a particular type family and style - 
Italic, Helvetica Italic, courier Bold. 



for example, Times 



3. A general question. Is there a 
printing bureau that can print out 
full colour IFF Images on a colour 
laser printer? I found a place local 
to where I'm working that has a 
very sexy Apple Mac setup which 
they use to print PostScript files for 
customers. At around £10 per page, 
though, they've priced themselves 
right out of the market! 

4. I think I have a faulty RAM chip 
inside my hard drive. Having 
installed 1Mb of extra RAM Inside 
my A 590, I've started to suffer from 
crashes on a regular basis. When I 
ran the A590 RAM test software, It 
Informed me that certain chips had 
'failed'. Which chips are faulty? 

5. 1 actually bought the chips from 
Diamond Computers last year, but I 
no longer have the receipt. When I 
asked Diamond for replacement 
chips, they informed me that they 
could not change the chips unless I 
had a receipt. Where do I stand 
legally? 

R Lester 
Hull 

1. No problem. The disk you need is 
Fish 393, which Is available from 
most good PD libraries. 

2. To be perfectly honest, I haven't 
yet seen a decent PD font editor that 
rivals good old FED. If you've got a 
bit of excess cash hanging around, 
you could treat yourself to Software 
Toolworks' excellent Caltigrapher 
package. Caltigrapher can edit not 
only standard mono bitmapped fonts, 
but colour fonts too. It's been 
available for absolutely years now, 
so I'm sure you should be able to 
pick up a copy for next to nothing 
these days. 

3. There are several printing bureaus 
that cater specifically for Amiga 
users. You could try BJ Print and 
Graphics on 0803 666003. (Any 
others out there, let us know and we 
might print a directory in a future 
issue.) 

4. We looked through the test sheets 
that you sent, but the results are 
somewhat confusing. On test 1, the 
second 512k of RAM seems to be 
faulty, whereas on the second test, 
only two of the chips were faulty. My 
advice would be to replace all four of 
these chips (U18 through to U21). 

5. Technically, the law doesn't 
require you to produce a receipt if 
goods you have bought are faulty, 
though it's perfectly reasonable that 
a shop would expect proof that you 
did buy the goods there and not 
somewhere else. However, because 
the chips have only recently become 
faulty after several months' use, it's 
understandable that Diamond is 
refusing to change them without a 
valid till receipt, if only to prove how 
new they are and see whether they 
are still covered by any guarantee. If 
they had been faulty when you first 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



-MwfiU- 



bought them, then you'd be on 
secure ground, but you've been 
happily using them for many months. 
I'm afraid you're the loser here. It's 
surprising just how many people do 
throw receipts away and I really can't 
stress enough how important it is to 
hang on to them just in case 
anything goes wrong. JH 



□ 



PAGESETTER II TIPS 

You've mentioned 
before about the 
memory requirements 
when printing out 
DTP documents with PageSetter II 
and Professional Page, and have 
quite rightly advised re-booting and 
re-loading the page before printing 
so as to avoid fragmented memory. 
Well, since I've got only 1Mb of 
memory, I go one step further. 

Using PageSetter II, when I've 
created a page I save It to disk, do 
a cold re-boot, and run PageSetter 
until I've got the blank screen, no 
page defined. I then open the 
required page and immediately hit 
the F10 key, the keyboard short-cut 
for the Print requester. This causes 
PageSetter II to go into print mode 
before displaying the page on- 
screen, thus saving even more 
memory, especially If using 
Compugraphic fonts. 

Only once has this not allowed 
me to print the page i wanted. That 
time I printed the top half first, fed 
the paper back into the printer and 
then printed the bottom half. 

Ian Heath 
Upton, 
Wirral 

Thanks for those excellent tips, Ian. 
There's another way you can grab a 
little extra memory for printing. After 
switching the computer off to cold re- 
boot, remove your external floppy 
from the port. (Switching it off via a 
switch on the drive sometimes isn't 
good enough.) This will reclaim about 
30K of memory. You could also 
remove from your startup-sequence 
anything that isn't absolutely 
necessary - stuff like SetClock, FF, 
Echo commands, Residents, and 
Assigns, Mounts and Paths that 
aren't needed. JW 

DARK STAR 

The colour printouts 
on my Star LC-200 
printer using the Star 
9 Plus driver do not 
give a true representation of the 
colours that are actually on-screen. 

I have sent you an example 
printout, which is the reference 
palette from Deluxe Paint II, made 
up as explained in the Deluxe Paint 
II manual. I have adjusted (switched 
on/off) the RGB colour correction 
buttons in Preferences but the 
difference is slight. 





Without having to buy any extra 
software (like Turboprint) are there 
any adjustments that can be made 
in order to give more of a true 
colour representation? 

B Pickard 
Southmoor, 
Co Durham 

What you really need is greater 
control over colour correction, and for 
this you do need extra software, 
something like Rexidump, Turboprint 
Professional or TruePrint/24. 

The reason for the dark or muddy 
printouts is something called 'dot 
gain' - a term that describes how 
much bigger physically the pins are 
than the resolution at which the 
printer prints. For example, your LC- 
200 has a top resolution of 240 by 
216 dots per inch (dpi), which 
suggests that each dot is one 240th 
of an inch wide and one 216th of an 
inch high. In actual fact each dot is 
much, much larger; the printer 
manages a higher resolution by 
overlapping individual dots. 

To reduce the muddiness you 
need to prevent the dots overlapping, 
and this is achieved by printing at a 
lower density, which of course lowers 
the output resolution, but since the 
pictures you're printing from DPaint 
are created on-screen at 75 dpi (ish) 
anyway, this doesn't matter much. 

The Star 9 Plus driver is able to 
print at seven different resolutions. 
Density 1 is 144 by 144 dpi; Density 
2 is 120 by 144; Density 3 is 240 by 
72; Density 4 is 120 by 216; Density 
5 is 240 by 144; Density 6 is 144 by 
216; Density 7 is 240 by 216. 

Density 1 is good because the 
dots are square and the resolution is 
fairly high. It's possible that you 
might get slightly less muddy print- 
outs from the EpsonX [CBM_MPS- 
1250] driver (on Extras) printing at 
Density 1, which for this driver is a 
resolution of 120 by 72 dpi, but each 
dot will be a short vertical line 
instead of a symmetrical dot. 

Changing the dither pattern can 
help as well. Generally 'Floyd- 
Steinberg' dithering is best for colour 
output - it attempts to get rid of any 
regular patterns in the dither. JW 

YELLOW PERIL 

My Swift 9 colour 
printer will only print 
out In yellow with the 
colour kit fitted, 
despite Citizen Print Manager being 
installed. What is wrong? 

M J Blezien 
Boxgrove. 
W Sussex 

It sounds like the printer mechanism 
that moves the colour ribbon up and 
down isn't working. Your best bet is 
to contact your dealer or phone 
Citizen on 0753 584111. JW 




PIN MONEY 

For no apparent reason my Star XB24-10 printer has started 
printing tramlines. 

About every third of an Inch there Is a thin, white 
horizontal line across the printout. I have changed the cable 
and ribbon, but 9 still get the same problem. 

Paul Beau lieu 
Wldnes, Cheshire 

Bad news, Paul, It looks like one of the pins in your print head may be either 
stuck or broken, if this is the case, then the tramlines should appear on text 
printouts as well as graphics printouts. Check your manual and put the 
printer through its self-test. If the tramlines are still there, then you'll 
probably need a new printer head. Your next step should be to contact Star 
Technical Help on 0494 471111 JW 



DRIVE TRAIN 

[ r ~I ^ I am considering the 
/x I purchase of an Amiga 
, J A1200 but I have a 
^__^^J few questions like I'd 
like you to answer before I take the 
plunge. 

1. If the A 12 00 comes equipped 
with a built-in IDE hard drive 
Interface, does this mean that I can 
fit a bare drive, format It and then 
start using It? 

2. Does Datel Electronics Intend to 
release an Action Replay cartridge 
for the A1200? 

3. Is GVP planning to adapt Its 
brilliant range of hard drives to work 
on the A1200? 

Paul Roberts 
Southampton, Hampshire 

1. Yes, providing that you buy an IDE 
hard drive with all the necessary 
cabling and formatting software. For 
more information, check out the 
feature on connecting a hard drive to 
an A1200 in AS 23. 

2. At the time of writing, Datel has 
not confirmed that an A1200 or 
A600 Action Replay cartridge is in 
the pipeline. Knowing Datel, though, 
I'm sure it'll eventually come up with 
the goods. 

3. 1 very much doubt that GVP will 
produce external hard drives for the 
A1200, simply because the machine 
already comes equipped with an IDE 
hard drive controller. Considering the 
price of IDE drives, it would cost 
considerably more to produce a 
SCSI-based external hard drive for 
the A1200. GVP does intend to 
support the A1200 though in the 
shape of processor accelerators, 
RAM cards and so on. JH 



NOT SO BRIGHT STAR 

I have been trying to 
get my monochrome 
Star LC-20 printer to 
do a half-decent 
graphic printout. I've tried several 
drivers, including the Star 9 Plus 
driver, and several different 
Preferences settings using Graphics 
Workshop and Spectracolor Jr. 




Can you tell me If it Is possible 
to get a clearer printout from the 
LC-20 than I've managed? 

Phil McAndless 
Alkrington, 
Manchester 

Your printouts are so muddy because 
the dots printed by the printer are so 
close together. Well, to be perfectly 
correct, the dots are actually 
overlapping. 

There are two ways to sort out 
this problem. First, you can print at a 
lower density - try density 1 or 2 with 
the Star 9 Plus driver. Second, you 
can use a printing utility like 
Rexidump or Turboprint Professional 
- these contain special features that 
enable you to get better-looking 
graphics printouts. JW 



B UT DOES IT WORK? 

["""J II I have just upgraded 

/x [ from an A500 to an 

^^^>| A1200 and have the 

_ ,^_^ following questions 



regarding this new machine: 

1. Will AMOS Professional work? 

2. Does North C work? 

3. Can I expand the machine beyond 
2Mb of Chip RAM? 

4. Can I safely link up a null-modem 
cable to an A500 in order to play 
games such as Populous II? 

5. 1 wish to cure the annoying 
flicker In HAM modes (provided I do 
not have to lay out £400). Will any 
of the following help: an FST 
television fed directly via SCART; a 
Philips CM 8833 monitor or Hi-Res 
monitor (as advertised by Triloglc 
for £230 which claims Amiga and 
flicker-fixer compatible)? 

Richy Crozler 

Throckley, 

N e wcastl e-U pon-Ty n e 

1. Yes - provided you start the 
machine in a standard Pal on IMTSC 
mode. AMOS Pro will not start up if 
you use Productivity mode - however, 
with your current display, this will not 
work anyway. 

2. Probably. I haven't tried it, but it's 
cheap enough to take the risk! 

3. No. You can only expand Fast 



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mm. 




memory - although this will add more 
memory to the pool and every little 
helps... 

4. Yes, The RS-232 or null-modem 
link is a standard - well, insofar as 
computer hardware can be standard 
at least. 

5. HAM doesn't flicker - interlace 
screens do. By 'flickering' do you 
mean a fast jumping up-down or lines 
of different colours? Neither of these 
problems can be fixed with any of the 
monitor/TV combinations you 
mention. You will need a de- 
interlacer and an expensive monitor 
to boot. You'll just have to live with it 
- sorry. MS 

DESKJET LABELS 

Is it possible to print 
labels in continuous 
roll form on a DeskJet 
500C? I have tried 
via the envelope facility and through 
the normal paper feed method 
without success. Perhaps there is 
an attachment available to perform 
this task? 

Has anyone come up with a 
proper Amiga printer driver for the 
DeskJet 500C yet? At present I am 
using the one from JAM'S printer 
driver disk, but this is not 100 per 
cent - it keeps ejecting a blank 
sheet after ending each print cycle. 
Robert M Pitts 
Meols, 
Merseyslde 

Nope, there's no tractor feed 
mechanism for the DeskJets, so 
continuous stationery can't be used. 
You could try using laser printer 
labels, although these generally have 
quite a smooth backing sheet to 
them and the odd one might slip a 
bit in the DeskJet. 

The HP_ DeskJet driver that 
comes on the Extras 2.1 and Extras 
3.0 disks is Commodore's all 




singing, all dancing DeskJet driver, 
which is supposed to work with all 
DeskJets up to and including the 
500C. At the moment I know that the 
2.1 enhancer packs are on sale in 
the US, but there's no news about 
them over here as yet. 

If you really want to get the best 
out of your 500C then you need a 
package called Studio, a printing 
program which comes with much 
better printer drivers for all LaserJets 
and DeskJets, including the three- 
colour 500C and four-colour 550C. 
Ask JAM on * 0895 274449. JW 

BE FLEXIBLE OVER ACCESS 

I own a 500 which 
has a matching steel 
monitor stand, and 
while it makes the 
whole system look neat and 
presentable, it is a drag every time I 
want to connect a peripheral - I 
have to pull the whole lot out, and 
struggle to plug and unplug various 
leads. Is it possible to extend the 
leads out to the front, making 
swapping attachments much 
easier? 

Alec Swales 
Berwick 

I would say this is an extremely 
sensible course of action, Alec - in 
fact, I have this arrangement on my 
own 500. I found it so useful, I did 
the same for my 2000. Trilogic 
(= 0274 691115) can supply you 
with the necessary leads. You could, 
if you wish, be really clever and 
mount the input ends on one side of 
the metal stand, bolting them in 
place. It takes a little bit of care, and 
a couple of hours' work with a drill 
and a file. Don't make the mistake of 
cutting the holes too low down or too 
near to the front of the case, or your 
Amiga will snag the cable access. 
Mount the plates of the sockets on 



JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING 



Crunch - a method of compacting programs and data so that less storage 
space is used on a disk. When a crunched program is loaded into 
memory it automatically de-crunches itself into its ordinary, fully- 
functioning size. 

HAM - Hold And Modify is an Amiga graphic mode allowing all 4,096 
colours to be displayed at once, with certain restrictions. 

Interlace - a method used to double the apparent vertical resolution of the 
monitor by alternately refreshing the screen at a slight vertical offset, 
thus squeezing an extra line between each of the lines of a non- 
interlaced screen. 

RS232 - a standard port, known as a serial port because only one bit of 
information is transferred at a time, used for communicating with other 
computers, connecting printers, and connecting to modems. 

Virus - a small program that can lie hidden in memory or on a disk, 

duplicating itself on to any disks inserted in the machine, and generally 
causing havoc. There are many virus killers available in the public 
domain designed to deal with this menace. 




the outside of the case, and you can 
even pop-rivet them in place. I've 
done this with the Serial, Parallel, 
and Disk drive ports. It save ages, as 
well as immense aggro. Remember, 
though, how important it is to switch 
off your Amiga between changes of 
ancillary equipment The possibility of 
blowing the CIA chips is very real] If 
you have sufficient electrical 
knowledge, you could also mount a 
switch on the side of the case, set 
between the power supply and the 
mains plug. This allows you to place 
the brick out of sight behind the 
case, and left permanently switched 
on. To reset the Amiga you simply 
have to reach along the side of the 
case and it's done. It must however 
be done correctly, and if you are not 
entirely sure what you are doing, 
leave this option well alone. It still 
requires switching off and un- 
plugging at the mains after a 
session. One word of advice is that 
some equipment, such as scanners 
and sound digitizers, will not work 
properly when used in conjunction 
with port extension cables because 
of electrical interference. JW 

MYSTERY OF AKHTERITE 

Every month I get my 
copy of Amiga 
Shopper through the 
post and, after 
reading through It, I take out the 
articles that are of Interest to me 
and put them in a folder. 

Last weekend, while at a car 
boot sale, I bought an Akhterlte 
1000 printer, which I was told 
would work perfectly with my Amiga 
500 using the MPS-1000 driver. 
Alas, when I tried using ft with 
Deluxe Paint III and ProWtlte, I 
found that a "P" is printed at the 
left-hand side of the page. 

I know this subject was covered 
In your July issue, but unfortunately 
I did not save it. I would be most 
grateful if you could tell me where I 
might be able to get a manual for 
the printer, and, most importantly, 
which printer driver to use. 

And yes, from now on I will heed 
what you say about making sure a 
proper driver is available before 
buying the printer. 

N Grice, 

Llanfairpwll, 

Gwynedd 

Your letter is in vain, Mr Grice, 

because I couldn't really help the 
person in AS 15 who was having 
problems with his Akhterite 1000, 
and I can't find an address or phone 
number for Akhterite anywhere. Your 
best hope is to try the 'generic' 
driver for text output - that might get 
rid of the Ps. If it doesn't, then I'm 
afraid you might have wasted your 
money, unless someone else is able 
to help with advice or a manual. JW 





COME TO THE CRUNCH 

I'm going through 
floppy disks at a rate 
of knots and I'm 
trying to avoid buying 
more. Can you please tell me where 
I can buy a decent file cruncher that 
leaves programs in an executable 
form? Also, how compatible is the 
new A1200 with existing software? 
Paul Valerio 
Blanefield, 
Glasgow 

What you need is PowefPacker 
Professional v4, available from Euro- 
press Software on » 0625 859333 
for a very reasonable £14.95. It can 
compress program and data files to 
less than two thirds of their original 
size. As for the A 1200, Commodore 
is quoting the level of software 
compatibility at around 60%, 
although this is a rather pessimistic 
figure. Most of the failures are 
games, so serious Amiga users will 
find the A1200 to be very compatible 
indeed. Obviously there's bound to 
be a couple of serious titles that 
don't like the A1200, but I certainly 
haven't found any yet. JH 

TELL ME MORE! 

W a "II When I use Pen Pal 
| iT. I 1.3.18, PageSetter 

1.2 and Excellence! 
1.14, my Amiga 500 
makes the screen go completely 
black, or any other colour. I have 
checked the disk with VirusX 4.0 
and there was no virus to be found, 
so what is the problem? 

Peter Wi lies bo rough, 
Kent 

First, Peter, VirusX 4.0 is an ancient 
virus checker that ceased 
development almost two years ago. 
Consequently there are a few 
hundred viruses it knows nothing 
about. Contact a PD library and ask 
for some more up to date virus 
utilities. 

The problem you are having with 
those three programs is extremely 
difficult to track down on the basis of 
what you say. "When I use so-and-so 
the screen goes black" is simply not 
a full enough description of the 
problem. Do you mean the program 
crashes before it even loads? Or 
does it load and then crash when 
you select something from menu? 
Where did you buy the programs 
from? Are you booting from 
Workbench or booting from the 
program disks? What other programs 
are you running in the background? 

Basically, to sort out these kinds 
of problems we need as many details 
as you can supply. Never mind if 
something seems to be so trivial that 
it probably doesn't matter - the more 
you tell us, the more likely it is we 
will be able to help you. JW t ^i 



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Program: 
Purpose: 
Author: 



Copperbar Language: Assembly 
To show a 'copper' bar 
Mike Chapman, Bath, Avon 




This month's problem is a 
superb example of why you 
should work with the 
operating system and create 
legally-written program code rather 
than use the hardware direct. 

The program tries to divide the 
screen into three separate sections, 
each of one different colour (Red, 
Green and Blue), draw some stripes 
on the screen, and then wait for a 
mouse click before continuing. The 
program worked fine until Mike 
upgraded from a 1.3 A500 with 
numerous goodies to a shining new 
A1200. Then things didn't go so 
well. The copper bars remained, but 
the stripes were all over the place, tt 
was felt that this could not be a Chip 
RAM related problem, since he had 
had fast RAM on his A500. 

The answer to this particular one 
is very easy indeed. Under 
Workbench 1.3, the Kickstart sets up 
a display which is pretty normal. It 
does not use any of the clever tricks 
that the Amiga is capable of. When 
you create a screen display by writing 
to the hardware registers, you have 
to write quite a few - and if you 
should ignore some, because they 
might be 'irrelevant', you could run 
into problems should Commodore 
decide to put something in them at a 
future date. 

In this instance the fault was the 
bpllmod and b pi 2 mod registers. 



which had not been set up. These 
are the bitplane module values. 
When the computer has displayed 
one line of your screen, it adds the 
contents of these registers to its 
internal pointers to get to the next 
line on the display. Under Workbench 
1.3, these were always set to zero, 
since the Workbench screen just 
occupied a contiguous chunk of 
memory. Under Workbench 2.04, this 
changed with the introduction of 
overscan preferences, which meant 
that these modulo values couid 
change. Under Workbench 3, it got 
even worse - the Workbench screen 
became interleaved, and the modulo 
values started to get very large 
indeed, and even negative values 
were used. Because Mike did not 
clear the modulo values, he 
"inherited" the values Workbench 
had left there, and got a corrupted 
screen accordingly. 

Before I demonstrate the fix, I'll 
make a couple more observations 
about the program. It accesses 
hardware registers like this: 

move. w #$1000, $dff 100 J 
; Set up a one bitplane J 
lo-res display 

It's very easy to mistype things like 
$dfflOO. The include files supplied 
with all commercial compilers and 
assemblers have a file called 



JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING 



Copper - The copper is the custom graphics processor inside your Amiga 
that makes it so special. It's a computer all of its own, and has three 
instructions which can be used to generate some stunning visual 
effects. Basically, it can wait for any given position on the screen, and 
then perform some action. In this month's example, we are using the 
copper to show some stripes on the screen. 

Hardware Register - A register is a special location in memory which is 
actually on the custom chips. The custom chips use values held in these 
registers to decide what to do. 



'custom. i' which names all of these. 
They can be accessed using indirect 
addressing like this: 

lea _CUSTCM,a5 J 
,■ (Where _CUSTOM = $dff000, J 
the ba.se of all registers) 
move. w #$1200, bplcomO(a5) J 
;Set up a one bitplane J 
COLOUR lo-res display 

You'll note that I've changed the 
value moved into bplconO also, from 
$1000 to $1200. $1200 is the 
correct value, because it sets the 
composite video output to be colour. 

The additional two lines that 
need to be added are as follows: 

move.w #§0000, bpllmodfaS) 
mDve.w #$0000, bpl2mod(a5) J 
;Set odd and even modulo's J 



to zero. 

Good luck with your OS-friendly 
copper programs. In the meanwhile, 
for completeness, the fixed program 
called "stripes.s" is listed below 
(you'll also find it in the Code_Clinic 
directory inside the Source_Code 
directory of the cover disk). This will 
assemble directly with DevPac 3 and 
was tested on an A4000, and an 
A3000 computer. It should work on 
all Amigas currently, but be warned: 
It's against Commodore's guidelines 
to access hardware registers directly. 

Be further warned: this is a fixed 
working program. If you don't know 
what you are doing, please do not 
play with the hardware registers. 
These days, its possible to actually 
damage your computer by 
experimenting. Q^ 



SENDING US YOUR CODE 

If you have a routine which needs to be debugged, or a programming problem 
or dilemma you can't solve, the Code Clinic may be able to solve it for you. 
You can either send your problems to Code Clinic, at the Amiga Shopper 
address, or E-Mail them directly on CIX to "toby". If you're sending things by 
post, please send a disk, and a note explaining where the fault could be. 
Simply receiving a 10,000-line program in 68000, uncommented and with a 
note saying "It doesn't work" qualifies it for the round filing cabinet on the 
floor. (The bin.) I look forward to debugging your code! 



COPPERBAR LISTING: THE SOURCE CODE 







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Stripes 






wvfi.v; 


#$f4cl,diwstop(a5) 


i J32G x 200 display 






; Program; 


$VBR: at 


rlpas 1,00 (Har-93) by 


Kike Chapman. Updated by Toby 3 Imp Hon. 




move.w 


#$003G H dd£Btrt[a5} 


j Display Patch, start 








incdir 


*inc:~ 






move.w 


#$Q0dO,d4rstOpfa5) 


1 Display Fetch atop 








include 


"hardware /custom. i" 




l — Set op our bitplane memory then start display 








include 


"exec/funcdet , i" j 


(Kay not be needed} 




lea 


itt_BitPlajae,aO 










include 


■"exec/exec^lib. i* 






move.w 


#7999, dO 








_CU£TCH: 


etju 


SdffOOO 




Write_StripeBi 


move.b 


#$ca, <a0)4- 






_EXBCBASE; 


equ 


$04 






dbra 


d0, Write_StripeB 


; Draw stripes . 






SYS: 


1DBCXO 






■; — wait 


"or a click .... 










mcvs.l 


_EXBCBAEE,a6 




wait_ClicJc 


• btet 


#$06,$bf*OQi 










jar 


_LVO\1(b6) 






bne.s 


Wait_ClIck 


; Wait for mouse click. 








endm 








laa 


GraHame, al 


; EXIT! E ! 






flection 


stripes program, code. 


_c 




moveq 


#$00. d0 






lea 


.CUSTOM, a5 






SYS 


cpenLibracy 


t graphics library 


t — Xniti 


alisa our 


display »»». 






mova.l 


d0,al 






lea 


Hy ...Bit Plane, ati 






Stove, 1 


38(al),coplle(a5} 






move .1 


aQ,d0 






move.w 


#$0O,copjmpl(a5) 


; Boot-Start copper. 




lea 


coppar_LiBt,al 






SYS 


close-Library 






move*w 


d0,6(al) 






rta 








Swap 


dO 






section 


mi sc_data „ data 






toove.w 


dO„£(al) 


Pointer to bir.pl am?. 


GraMame: 


deb 


"graphics . library" , 


Q 




lea 


Copper_Liat,aO 






section 


chip_data, data_e 






nove.l 


aQ,copllc{a5) 




Ky_HitPlai»: 


ds.b 


0000 ; 1 320x200 bitplane. 


; — Set up display 


regie tors . 




; — Cnange the line 


$Cl820fQf to change 


the colour of the stripes 




mBre.w 


#$OOOD H cop:|mpl(a5} ,- 


Trigger copper list. 


Copper_Liet : 


dc.l 


$O0eQO0QO,$0Oe2QQQ0 




tst.ovo.--t 


#$1200,bplcanO(a5> , 


1 bitplane, colour. 




del 


$Q182Q£0f 


,- palette for stripe a (MAGENTA) 




BBVCW 


#$0000 , bplcunl (a5) ; 


Ho fine scroll. 




dc.l 


$GQ0t££fe,$01BC0fOQ 


; RED 




move.w 


#$UQ24,bplcon2(a5) ; 


Sprite mi Play field priority 




del 


$aO0££ffe,$01OO0OfO 


; GREEN 




move.w 


#$0000 , bpllmod (a5) 






dc.l 


$f OOf t ffe, $01@rj0OO£ 


r SLOE 




move.w 


#$00fl0,bpl2mod(a!?j | 


Clear modulos 




dc.l 


$££ff£££e 






move.w 


#$2c81,diwstrt(a5) 






end 







AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



BUYING ADVICE 



Life as a consumer of 
computer goods and 
services Is not always plain 
sailing. There will be 
occasions when you are unhappy 
with the way you are dealt with. In 
these cases, it's vital to know what 
course of action to take In order to 
come out of the situation with your 
rights and entitlements intact, 
especially if you are up against an 
unscrupulous or sharp trader. 

Amiga Advocate has been set up 
in response to a number of letters 
sent to Amiga Shopper by angry 
readers who are unsatisfied with the 
goods or services they have 
received. For legal reasons, we can't 
mention specific firms, people, or 
organisations, but what we can do is 
tell you how to go about setting 
things right and getting justice. If you 
are having problems, or just need 
clarification of the legal implications 
of a situation, write to: 
Amiga Advocate, Amiga Shopper, 
30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon 
BA1 2BW 
Note that we can reply to your 
queries only in these pages - 
personal replies are impossible. 



Do you know your 

rights as a consumer? 

Have you ever felt 

frustrated by poor 

service, shabby goods 

or uncooperative 

shops and dealers? 

Wiif Rees teams up 

with Andrew Charlton 

in a new regular 

series to help you find 

out where you stand 



Amiga 




YOUR LETTERS ANSWERED 



Lets look at just some of the 
letters we have received. 



WOULD YOU CREDIT IT? 

Richard W from Exeter writes that he 
ordered a software title from a mail 
order firm. The company advertised 
the software at £23.99, and he duly 
sent off his order with a cheque for 
the right amount. Eight weeks later 
he still hadn't received any 
response, so he contacted his bank 
to see if the cheque had been 
cashed. Sure enough, it had - three 
days after he sent it. Continuous 
attempts were made to contact the 
company by telephone, but Richard 
was met with a stream of excuses 
such as, "The boss isn't in, please 
ring back", or "We are waiting for 
deliveries from our suppliers", or 
simply no answer to his call. Finally, 
he managed to speak to the owner, 
who was less than polite and said 
that a credit note was in the post, 
which could be used to buy any other 
software title from them. What 
should he do? 

Andrew: Given that the company has 
not honoured its part of the contract, 
by failing to supply the software 
specified within a reasonable time, 
Richard is entitled to a full refund of 
his money. Retailers often issue 
credit notes in an effort to retain the 
customer's money, but obviously in 




cases like this, that policy just isn't 
going to be good enough. Richard 
should write to the company by 
Recorded Delivery, giving it seven 
days to refund his payment. If the 
company won't co-operate, he 
should either consult the Trading 
Standards Office or ask at his local 
County Court about issuing a 
summons to recover his cash. 

TOMORROW FOR SURE 

Graham G from Leytonstone ordered 
a genlock from his local shop for use 
in his business. He told them he 
needed it within seven days for an 
extremely important job. The shop 
assured him that the goods would 
arrive within that period, The genlock 
arrived two days later but it was 
faulty. Graham rang the shop 
immediately to explain the problem, 
but was told that their supplier 
couldn't get another one to him for a 
fortnight. Graham couldn't obtain a 
genlock locally and lost an important 
contract worth £250 as a result. 
What should he do ? 

Andrew: If a shop fails to deliver 
goods within an agreed time, the 
customer is entitled to cancel the 

contract and get back any money 
already handed over. It is less 



certain whether he 
is entitled to 
compensation for 
the loss of 
earnings caused 
by not having the 
equipment 
needed to fulfil a 
customer's order - 
it depends what the shop actually 
said to him. Graham should consult 
his solicitor before taking further 
steps or get in touch with his local 
Citizen's Advice Bureau. 

INCOMPLETE PACKAGE 

Stan from Manchester bought a 
complete set-up from a mail order 



company - an Amiga, a monitor, 
hard drive, printer and second floppy 
drive. The package was bought on 
credit, and was intended as a 
Christmas present for Stan's 
daughter. The set-up was delivered 
promptly by the company, but when 
Stan unpacked it, the printer was 
missing. He contacted the mail order 
company, which was very 
sympathetic, but said that it had no 
further stocks of the printer, and 
that considering this was a package 
deal, including what was a 
discontinued model from the 
manufacturer, it would offer him a 
settlement of £25 in lieu. It is most 
unlikely that Stan would be able to 



LAWS OF THE LAND 



The last quarter of a century has seen a huge growth in the number of new Acts 
in the area of Consumer Law. The major additions have covered sale of goods, 
financial services, consumer protection and consumer credit. 

If you find yourself involved in a dispute, it is important to establish 
whether the problem has arisen under Criminal or Civil Law. 

Criminal Law is legislation which is written to cover 'Offences against the 
Public', and transgressors against these laws can expect to be prosecuted by 
the state on the people's behalf. Most Criminal Law which is relevant to the 
consumer is enforced either by Trading Standards Officers at your local 
Authority or, in serious cases, by the police. This covers crimes such as fraud, 
false or misleading advertising, and handling stolen goods. 

Civil Law is about the rights and duties of parties in a transaction, and if 
there are disputes it offers solutions which must be instigated by the parties 
and not by an outside agency. The main law here is the Sale of Goods Act, 
which states that when you buy goods from a business, the goods must be "of 
merchantable quality", "fit for the purpose" for which they are intended or 
which you make known to the seller, and "as described" by the seller or in the 
seller's advertisement. If the goods fail any of these criteria, you are entitled to 
get your money back, and you can get help if you have trouble doing so. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



45 



BUYING ADVICE 




buy a replacement 
printer for that amount 

of money. What 

should he do? 



Andrew: Strictly speaking, Stan 
could reject the goods in total and 
insist on a refund of the amount 
paid so far. It doesn't matter that 
the printer is discontinued - if the 
package deal included a printer, he 
is entitled to the complete package 
or his money back. However, in 
practical terms, it would be 
reasonable to ask for either a refund 
on the printer, equivalent to its usual 
price, or a replacement printer of a 
simitar standard to the one originally 
offered. This is a particularly grey 
area of consumer law and retailers 
may try to make the most of this. 
Stan could also investigate the 
insurance coverage provided by his 

ENFORCE YOUR RIGHTS 

Once you've established that there is 
just cause for a dispute, you'll need 
to find out how best to exercise your 
rights and obtain redress against a 
retailer or supplier who, in your 
opinion, has failed to fulfil his 
obligations to you as a customer. 

IN THE BEGINNING... 

If you have any problem, your first 
step should always be to try to sort 
things out with the company itself. 
Keep calm, and do not leap to the 
conclusion that the company is out 
to rip you off. If the problem is not 
solved straight away, it is always a 
good idea to put your complaint in 
writing. Send it by Recorded Delivery 
and keep a copy. In most cases it is 



credit card company if he is seeking 
a refund for the purchase. 

SLEIGHT OF HAND? 

Kathryn from Norwich bought a 
second-hand Amiga from an advert in 
her local newspaper. The person 
selling it demonstrated it and said 
that he'd had it for a year and that 
there were no faults on the machine. 
He then took it into another room to 
"collect the box." However, when 
Kathryn got it home it didn't work, 
and she went back to the seller. He 
accused her of abusing it and not 
understanding how to use computers 
properly, Kathryn is studying for a 
Computer Science degree at 
University. She suspects the seller 
swapped something while packing it 
up. Has she any recourse? 

Andrew: It would be very difficult for 

wise to give the other party a dead- 
line to meet, but ensure that it's 
reasonable. If your accelerator card 
is being imported from say, America, 
and it isn't there for you to pick up 
on Saturday morning, don't set a 
deadline of Monday for it to arrive. 
You must be able to go to court 'with 
clean hands' - that is, you must 
have behaved reasonably throughout. 

No joy? Before you launch into 
court proceedings, report a trader to 
your local Trading Standards Office 
and give them an opportunity to sort 
out your problem. Don't take 
dramatic action unless it is really 
necessary. It is pointless suing a 
software retailer over a refund on a 
credit note if a simple telephone call 
could have done the job. 




BUYING WITH CONFIDENCE 



• Before you send any money, ring the supplier to 
confirm that the goods you want are in stock, when delivery is 
likely to be made, and what the supplier's refund policy Is. 

• Check that the price you pay includes hidden extras, such as 
postage and packing and VAT. 

• Beware of companies that do not include an address in their advert. 

• Beware of companies that always have an answering machine instead of 
a person at the end of the phone. 

BUYING BY POST 

The Office of Fair Trading leaflet Buying by Post sets out some general 
guidelines for the mail order consumer. The advice includes the following 
important points: 

• Never send cash by post, only cheque or postal order, or pay by plastic. 

• Keep a copy of the advertisement, or, if this isn't possible, a note of the 
name and address of the advertiser, where and when the advert appeared, 
details of charges for postage and packing, and the stated delivery time. 

• If you are writing with a complaint, include the following information: 

• Date of advert 

• Date of your order 

• Details of goods ordered 
Name and address to which goods should be sent 
Amount paid, and how it was paid (cheque, postal order, credit card) 
Indicate whether you have a receipt 
Give the trader's full name and address, and any reference number. 



Kathryn to prove that there was any 
fraud without any evidence over and 
above her word against the seller's. 
The Sale of Goods Act (see 'Laws of 
the Land', page 45) unfortunately 
does not apply to private sales, so, 
while the computer was clearly not fit 
for the purpose for which it was 
intended and it is also not of 
merchantable quality, Kathryn has no 
remedy under the Act for these 
shortfalls. However, the goods sold 
must still fit the descriptions given 
by the seller - in this case, that the 
computer works. Kathryn should 
immediately return to the seller and 
demand a refund. If she waits for 
more than three weeks, it could be 
inferred that she has accepted the 
goods and she may subsequently 
have difficulty in obtaining a refund. 
She should ask at her focal Citizen's 
Advice Bureau if she needs help. 

NO SATISFACTION... 

You've spoken to the supplier, 
you've written to him and you've still 
had no satisfaction. Find out how big 
the company is. Are you in touch with 
the right person in the organisation? 
With smaller companies, go to the 
top and talk to the managing 
director. With larger ones, talk to the 
sales or marketing manager. 

If all else fails it's time to turn to 
the law. Up until recently, the Small 
Claims Court could only deal with 
claims up to £1,000 in value, but 
now there is no limit. See the box 
above for details on charges. Visit 
your local County Court office (it will 
be listed in the Yellow Pages if you 
aren't sure where it's located) and 
ask for details of procedures. Decide 
whether you are claiming for a fixed 
amount or for a sum to be decided 
by the court. 

Having established the kind of 
summons you wish to issue, you 
need to complete the appropriate 
form and pay the fee to the court 
office. (If you win, you can usually 
claim this fee back from the other 
party as well as the money you're 
entitled to.) 

The court office will send the 
supplier a copy of the summons in 
the post and will have around three 
weeks to respond from the date he 
receives it. He can respond in one of 
four ways. In the best scenario, he 
will admit the sum due and pay it to 
you, together with the court fee. He 
could admit the sum due but plead 
poverty and make proposals to repay 
it by instalments. (If so, these must 
begin within 28 days.) He could offer 
you something less than your claim 
as a settlement - whether you 
accept is up to you. At worst, he'll 
deny that there is any money due 
and send his defence to the court. 

If a defence is entered, the court 
will list the case for a brief hearing 



SMALL CLAIMS 
COURT 

How much will it cost you to go 
to court? Since the abolition of 
the £1,000 limit for claims 
brought in the Small Claims 
Court (see 'No satisfaction' 
below), a new charging 
structure has come into play. 

For claims up to £500, the 
court will charge £10, or 10% 
of the amount claimed - 
whichever figure is the greater. 
Claims of £501-£1,000 cost 
£60; claims of £1.001-£5,000 
cost £65, and anything over 
£5,000 will cost £70. 

This scale is designed not to 
abuse the claimant (you) when 
very high amounts are involved. 



and decide the matter for you. The 
court will encourage you to reach a 
settlement at any stage up to the 
final decision, but if you can't come 
to an agreement the court will list 
the case for what is known as a Pre- 
Trial Review and consider brief 
arguments from both sides. If you 
don't attend the Review, you 
generally lose the case straight 
away. If you attend and the judge 
feels that the case warrants further 
investigation, he will set a timetable 
of steps to be carried out before a 
full hearing or arbitration and send 
you away. Alternatively, the judge 
may decide at that stage that the 
outcome is perfectly clear, and settle 
the case there and then. 

One other way in which matters 
can be quickly settled is if the 
supplier fails to respond to the initial 
summons. This means that you have 
automatically won the case. 

However, winning either by 
default or by judgment isn't 
necessarily a guarantee of getting 
your money back. We will look at this 
next time in Amiga Advocate. CS 



USEFUL CONTACTS 



Check the telephone book for how to 
contact your local branch of: 

1 Citizen's Advice Bureau 

2 County Court or Small Claims 
Court 

3 Trading Standards Office 

4 Office of Fair Trading 

Please note: If you are involved in a 
legal dispute of any kind, always 
seek independent advice. Amiga 
Advocate is intended only as a guide 
to the law in England and Wales - 
we cannot act as arbitrators in 
disputes between readers and 
companies, nor can we enter into 
personal correspondence. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 




AMERICA'S LARGEST 

SUPPLIER OF AMIGA CUSTOM 

CHIPS + UPGRADES 



S372A I Meg Agnus inc. chip puller/insi £31,25 

6375 (A50ftf/A6O0t 2 Meg Agnus £41, JS 

13 Kicksiart ROM £15.50 

A50O UK Keyboard - factory new £31.00 



8520A CIA (2MHz) Greai price... £7.30 

6570-036 keyboard control chip £8.50 

A2000 original P7S, 220 volts £69.00 

8373 Super Denise Upgrade , .£21.00 

2.04 ROM (chip only - no manual or diskettes) £25.00 



MICROCARD : PCMCIA MEMORY CARD FOR A600/1200 

A credit card sized memory offers up to 4 additional megs of 
dynamic (fast) RAM via the PCMCIA slot. Auto-configures at 
boot time, leaving most internal chip RAM free for image 
processing. 2MB card/4MB card £94.00/£ 149.00 



• Advanced Amiga Analyser: Sophisticated but easy to use (hardware & software). Checks slatus of 

all data transmissions/signals, disk drive, ports, buffer chips, alignment, joystick & mouse. 
Checks status of read/write errors and tells what chips are bad. A must for all individuals and 

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CHAOS 



U 



sing Chaos to draw 
abstract patterns is 
interesting enough, but it 
can also be put to work 
to produce 'natural' images. 
Admittedly though, generating a 
picture from scratch is difficult. 
The first step is to know the 
rules governing the growth of a plant 
and the features that make it look 
the way it does. 

So far, we have been using 
Amiga BASIC in all the example 
programs. However, it is not ideal for 
producing fractal plants because it 
does not support recursion (the 
calling of a sub-routine from within 
itself), an essential part of the plant- 
drawing process. So, the examples 
here are given in GFA BASIC; they 
can be easily converted to AMOS, 
Hisoft BASIC, or C. 

WHAT IS A PLANT? 

To draw realistic-looking plants we 
need to discover how their 
characteristics can be re-created by 
the Amiga. Consider their structure: 

• A single stem protrudes from the 
ground with many branches, 

4 Most branches split into several 
smaller sub-branches until the 
smallest branches are reached. 

• Each plant has a large number of 
branch ends. 

• The nature of the branching is 
consistent throughout the plant. 

We have met some of the 
characteristics typifying plants earlier 



COLOH l 

plant$*-l[ljl[ll]" 
uni t_l ength= 1 
unit_angl a = 1 5 

unit_angle=rad (unit_angle) 

GOSUB draw_plant 

PROCEDURE draw plant 

angle_c ount = 

point er=0 

GOSOE dr aw_branch (320,180) 
RETURN 

PROCEUDRE draw_branch (x, y } 

INC pointer 






A fractal grass, produced by listing 2 (shown below right), grows larger but 
retains the same level of relative complexity 



in the series, most notably in the 
branching of the Feigenbaum 
diagram. Plants can also be shown 
to be self-similar, just like the 
Mandelbrot set or Sierpinski triangle. 
For example, the tiny veins on the 
underside of a leaf give a good 
approximation of the structure of the 
parent tree because the nature of 
the branching is the same 
throughout the plant. 

The exact set of rules (known as 
the 'algorithm') for drawing trees on 
the Amiga can be determined simply 
by observing the branching structure 
of real plants. Fractal plants, unlike 
most other fractals, can be created 
using a rule-based iterative process, 
rather than a mathematical one. This 
means that the process is easy to 



understand, but incorporating it into 
a program can be a challenge due to 
the reluctance of the Amiga to deal 
in anything other than numbers. 

DESCRIBING A PLANT 

The main branching algorithm is 
relatively simple, but first, we need 
to devise a method of describing the 
structure of a plant which GFA BASIC 
can deal with. Below is a simple 
picture of a grass; below right, it is 
split it up into segments of uniform 
length to make it easier for the 
computer to handle. By doing this 
the branch lengths are said to be 
'quantised', with the smallest 
possible branch being 




i Initialise angle count 

ISet up initial string pointer position 



1 Increment pointer position and 



character$=MID$ (plant$, pointer, 1H . -note character in that pcs'jj 



!If the character is a 1, draw a segment 



REPEAT 

Select characters 

CASE "1" 
PLOT x,y 

x=x+SIN ( angle_count ) *uni t _length * 2 
y =y- COS { angle_count ) *un i t_l eng th 
draw TO x,y 

CASE "E" llf it's a [ then branch off 

angle_count ~ang le_c ount +un 1 t_angle 

GOSUB dr aw_branch { x , y ) 
ENDSELECT 

INC pointer (Note next character 

character$=HIDS (plant $ , pointer, 1 ) 
UNTIL eharacter$= r ] ■ OR character $="" 

angle_count-angle_count-unit_ancle J If it's a ] (end of branch),,. 
RETURN E decrease angle count and return 



one 
segment long, and 
the length of every branch 
being a multiple of one segment 
length. Angles are also quantised for 
convenience, in steps of 45 degrees. 
Curved branches can be built up by 
putting several angled segments 
together. For more detailed plants 
shorter segments and smaller angles 
should be used - but because longer 
descriptions are needed to store 
such plants the values given above 
will be used in this initial discussion. 

Now that the plant has been 
quantised it can be described using 
simple notation involving just three 
characters. So, for example, the 
grass in the second diagram is 
described using the following string: 
"1[1]1[11]" 



Each branch segment is represented 
in the string by the character '1'. The 
square brackets are used to describe 
the tree's branches, where an open 
bracket ('[') represents a 45-degree 
clockwise split from the current 
position (this usually denotes the 
start of a branch) and a closed 
bracket (']') represents the end of a 
branch. Whole branches can easily 
be identified in such strings, as they 
are like miniature trees, with an 
equal number of open and closed 
brackets surrounding them. For 
example, the "[1]" in the above 
description represents the first 45- 
degree branch. 

Branches can also be given sub- 
branches. So, the longer branch 
"[11]" could be changed to 
"[l[l]lj", meaning that it had a 
single segment branching off 
horizontally halfway along its length. 
The notation's versatility means that 
it is possible to describe any grass, 
no matter how complex it is. 

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS 

The method used to interpret plant 
description strings into drawing is 
rather crafty, and involves possibly 




The same grass as it 
looks after being 
'quantised' - now the 
Amiga can deal with 
It more easily 



FURTHER 



Up to this point, we've 
concentrated on drawing grasses 
because their branches spilt off in a 
single direction, making the initial 
theory simpler. However, now that 
the basic algorithm has been 
established it is fairly easy to alter 
It for the bi-directional type of 
branching found in trees. All that 
needs to be done Is to add two new 
characters, the curly brackets ('{' 
and '}'), to the set recognised by 
the draw_b ranch plant visualisation 
procedure. The curly brackets are 
used to enclose descriptions of 
branches which split off in an anti- 
clockwise direction. 

The relevant actions for each 
curly bracket are very similar to 



8 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



CHAOS 



JUSTING 2 • LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 • 


LISTING 2 • 


LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 


COLOR 1 






y«y-COE { angla_count ) *unit_lftngth 


plBBtS-"l- 






DRAW TO x,y 


one$-»ll[l[l[inr 






' 


unlt_length~2 


ISet up unit length... 




CASE " [" llf it's a [ then branch off 


unit_ana:le=ll 


1 . . . and unit angle 




angl e_count ■ angle_count +unit_angle 


' 






GOSUB draw branch [x r y) 


unit_angle«RAD (unit_angle ) 






EHDSELECT 


' 






IHC pointer [Note next character 


REPEAT 






character $=MID$ {plant $ , pointer , 1 ) 


CLS 






UNTIL characters^] " OR character $="" 


GOStrB drawjplant 


■Draw plant bo far 




f 


GOSUB replace_chars 


] Perform one iteration 




ang 1 e .count =angle„count -unit ..-angle 3 If it'* a ] {end of branch) then 


UNTIL HOUSES >0 






RETURN ! decrease angle count and return 


PROCSDDRB draw_plant 






PROCEDURE replace_chars 


angl §_count = 


unitialise angle count 




pointer u% "Set initial pointer position 


poi nt er= 


J Set up initial string pointer position 


REPEAT 


GOSUB draw branch (32 Q. r 180} 






IMC pointer ! increment pointer position 


RBTORH 






character$ «MID$ ( pi ant $ , point er,l) ! Extract character 
SELECT characterj 


PROCEDURE. drawMbranchtx, y) 






CASE "1 H ! If it's a 1 tnen replace it with one$ 


INC pointer 


l Increment pointer posit i 


on and . . . 


newp lant $ =newp 1 ant $ +one$ 


character? »MI D$ (plant? r pointer , 1> 'note character in that position 


DEFAULT 


' 






newplant$=newplant$+character$ [Otherwise leave unchanged 


REPEAT 






ENDSELECT 


SELECT characters 






UNTIL pointer=LEN (plants) 


CASE H 1 M 


I If the character is a l r 


draw segment 


plant $- newp 1 ant $ 1 Replace old plant$ with new one 


PLOT x r y 






newplant$- Nn 1 Clear newplant$ just in case 


x=x+SIN(angle_count) *unit 


.length* 2 




RETURN 

— ■ - • • - . . - . ' 



the most difficult technique in BASIC 
programming - recursion. Here's a 
ready to run procedure (called 
draw plant! which will take any 
description string and plot the 
corresponding grass on the screen. 
The procedure, with some sample 
calling code, is shown in Listing 1. 
Listing 1 produces a simple grass. 
Its structure is determined by the 
following constants: 
plants holds the string describing 

the grass. 
unitjength is the segment length in 

pixels. 
unit_angle determines the angle at 

which branches split off. In this 

example it is 45 degrees. 
The two arguments passed in 
brackets to draw branch determine 
the starting position for plotting. 

It is easy to experiment with 
different grasses simply by altering 
the plant$ assignment line at the 
start of the program. Note that any 



The natural loo 



valid string may be used, but plants 
represented by particularly long 
strings may not fit on the screen. In 
this case you should reduce the 
unitjength and unlt_angle 
constants as necessary. When trying 
to create a natural-looking plant, 
make sure that each open bracket 
has a matching closed bracket. 

STRING GENERATION 

However, the draw_plant procedure 
will not actually generate plant 
description strings. For a detailed 
piece of grass you have to type in a 
long string, which will not always 
produce a realistic result. The good 
news is that now that the necessary 



EXPERIMENTATION 



those associated with the equivalent 
square brackets: an open bracket 
('{') represents a 45-degree 
anticlockwise split from the current 
position (usually the start of a 
branch) and a closed bracket {'}') 
represents the end of a branch. 

incorporating these characters 
requires a little reworking of the 
draw_branch procedure - this is 
relatively easy since the program 
code used to check for and act on 
curly brackets is very similar to that 
for square brackets. Note that there 
is no need to edit the definition of 
replace chars because brackets are 
not replaced under any 
circumstances. As well as creating 
trees, bi-directional branching allows 




A fractal tree can 
quite easily be 
created by adding 
bi-directional branching 



us to create other line fractals, such 
as the Koch and C curves, which are 
also produced by repeatedly 
replacing segments with more 
complex structures. 




Chaos equations aren't just 
lof/ca/ abstractions* 



mai 





Bessant explains how you 
them to generate your 
own fractal plants 



notational conventions have been 
established, the job is easier. 

Like other fractals, plants are 
generated using a simple, structure- 
enriching, iterative process. The 
process used here is initially quite 
simple, but can be enhanced easily. 
Every iteration sees each segment 
being replaced by a larger, more 
complex branch. This is achieved by 
searching through the whole plant 
description (plant$), and replacing all 
the T characters with a more 
complex user-defined string. 

Listing 2 uses a string 
generation process to produce a 
fractal grass. As well as the 
draw plant and draw_branch 
procedures, a new one, 
replace_chars, generates the 
associated string. All the '1' 
characters are replaced by the 
contents of one$. This is initially set 
to "11[1[1[1]]]\ although any valid 
plant-type structure may be used. 
The plant description which the 
program starts with (plant$) is the 
simplest possible structure, "1". 
Listing 2 produces a tiny piece of 



grass, which will then begin to grow. 
To stop the program hold down one 
of the mouse buttons. There are no 
limits imposed by the plant 
algorithms regarding the number of 
iterations performed - but complexity 
is limited because GFA BASIC can 
only cope with strings of less than 
32,768 characters. 

The list below shows some fun 
values for unit_angle, unitjength, 
and one$ (all using a plants value of 
"1"). Your values should have 
matching brackets, and try to plan 
ahead so that the tree gets larger as 
well as more complex. A replacement 
for "1" of "ll[ir will cause the 
replaced branch to get longer, 
whereas "l[lj" will just change it 
into two branches, each similar in 
length to the original. 
one$ unftjenfith unft_angle 

1[11[[1]]] 3 15 

[1]1[[1[[1]]1[[1]]]] 4 11 

l[l[[l[l[[l]]]]]j 4 11 

Both listings can be found on this 
month's coverdisk. Next month we'll 
look at fractal landscapes. QJ 



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Automatic Sheet feeder.. ..£79. 99 

CANON Printers 
Canon BJIOex £219.99 

, Laser quality output. Larger buffer than the 
StarSJ48Canon f 'Starbiibblejet cartridges £17.99 

NEW.'/ Canon BJ200 £347.99 

3 page a min speed, 3 60 dpi, small footprint & SO page iheetfeeder 

Canon BJ300 £379.99 

. Desktop bubble )et with laser quality 

Canon BJ330 £519.99 

Wide carriage version of the BJ3QQ 

BJIOex Autosheetfeeder...£52.99 
HEW LETT PA CKARD Printers 

NEW!! HP Deskjet Portable 
only £369.99 

HP500mono now £329.99 

HP500Colour...now£4l9.99 
HP 550 Colour...now £539.99 

4 times faster than the HPSOOC.'f 

HP500 mono cartridges £ 1 4.99 

Double life 500 cartridges £24.99 

AIIHPprintersconiewitha3yearwarranty 

New.'! F UJITSU PRINTE RS 

' 1 1 month msite included eiept DL- 1 150 (12 month B T Base) 

, Fujitsu DL- 1 150 Colour £274.99 

24 pin, 1 fonts, 200 CPS 

Fujitsu Breeze 1 00 £2 1 9.99 

inlt jet, draft & LQ mode, BJ I OEX beater 

Fujitsu Breeze 200 ink jet £309.99 

Fujitsu VM800 Laser 8 PPM £679.99 



All our monitors are UK spec. 



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a free Amiga lead 

WAR N I NG : Befg re you p urch ase a m an i cor makE s u re 
J it has a full UK specification. You might be buying what 
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j likely to be a "GREY" import. The&e monitors do not 

comply with British safety standards and are not covered 
I by an official warranty 

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stereo colour monitor 

Colour stereo monitor. 600*205 tine resolution, green 
screen facility, one years on site maintenance. 

now with Lotus Turbo Esprit/.' 

only £224.99 uKSpec. 

PHILIPS TV Tuner for the 8833..£6<l.99 



Commodore 1 084ST 

Stereo Colour monitor 

feature* but in tilt & swivel stand this new moitorfrom 

Commodore is outstanding value 

only £199.99 
RIMA SVGA Colour 
monitor with overscan 

The PRIMA monitor has a high quality Super VGA 
i. Includes overscan facility, .26 dot pitch.and 
. stand. 



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• Top quality micro switched 
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■ Dust Cover * 

• 1 high quality Blank Disks 
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only £269.99 

IS00 VERSION £354.99 
with Flicker Free Video card 

AS00 VERSION £459.99 

PHILIPSTV/MONITOR 

superior to a standard TV set with 



full remote control and FAST TEXT 

£269.99 or £2 1 9.99 

without Fast Text 

COMMODORE 1 960 multisync 

only £409.99 

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Allows you to send and re-ceive fax messages. This ne 
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Spec includes V.32bis, V.32, V.22bis T V22, VI I , MNP2- 
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cabte 

only £269.99.'.'/ 
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recommended for use with the 

V32 bis fax modem only £ 1 0.00 

when bought with modem 

* 

Supra Fax Plus 
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9600 bps Haye 
adjust to msxb 



V22, V42 Bis. MNP 2-5 & auto 
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n* s^w,'. r 



now only £139.99 

♦ 

GP FAX SOFTWARE only £39.99 
if bought with modem 

Supra 2400 

Get on line using this great value ' 
dial & receive. 2400 baud Hay< 
modem cable & comms s^w.'. 1 

only £79.99 

ill Supra Modems come with a 5 year warranty/! 



PRIMA); 



500 PLUS & A600 RAM 



POWER SCANNER V3 



ROMBO 



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BEWARE of cheaper RAM expansions. 
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, , , i. , . . r . j. manipulation options, plus Ck'au up, ErmouluY 

ch ips. We only use new chips of the finest |~ 

quality and reliability!! /j^ZTTTjJvOnly £ I I 4.99 on demo 

/TyIab \ \ C fc VVm J Colour version only £229.99 

^warranty*; AmP A400 EPS0N GSd50 <) COLOUR FLAT! 
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4 Mb A600 OR AI200 RAM card.il 79.99 ^ 0pera[|on Steakh MH £ ho|dgl 

year warranty, 290 DPI- 

AMIGA ASOO S 1 2K RAM by PRIMA Golden Image Mega Mc 

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Because some alder software will not run on 
Kick start _ First Computers launched the PRIMA 
(n. supplied to Phoenix) ROM _har_r> This high 
quality ROM .harcr features a flexible ribbon 
connection so that it can be positioned anywhere 
within your ASOO Plus or A600. Full 2 year 
replacement warranty 

now only £ 1 9.99 or £27.99 

for keyboard switchable version 



SUPRA RAM 



Simply the best! Fits onto the side expansion port 
Auto configures with no software patching. 

When 154*4 ZIPS are used, the Supra RAM can only be 
popular cd u p to 1 Mb with a ut replac ing w i th 1 Mb by 4 ZIPS 

8Mb pop to 1Mb.. £119.99 

8Mb pop to 2 Mb (isf ?irips)....£l44.99 



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Only £799.99 phone for details* demo 

MICE&TRACKERBALLS 
NAKSHA MOUSE only £24.99 

with Operation Stealth, mouse mat, holder and 2 
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Golden Image Mega Mouse 

Fully micro-switched ^ 

only £12.99 (np 
ALPHADATA optical pen 
only £37.99 

GOLDEN IMAGE 

Brush mouse 

' r concept in mice. Held in a similar way to a pen 

only £22.99 

Golden Image optical mo use.. £29. 99 
Zydec Trackerball £29.99 

rystal Trackball...£38.99 

DISK DRIVES 

PRIMA 3.5" only £49.99 

I meg high quality external drive at a great 
low price. 



Nd filters ar RGB splitter required. Colour images can 
be captured in less than a second, mono pmages are 
grabbed in real time. Cornpatibte with any video source, 
ultitiisking software, cut & paste- with 
g, mult 'frame store with animated playback, 
composite or 5-video input, 4096 HAM support. 

Sound &Vision £99.99.'.' 



BUSINESS 

Gold Disk Office U.K. spec £45.99 

Home Accounts 2 £57.99 

Mini Office £38.99 

PERSONAL FINANCE MANAGER Plus 



Sounrl &Vision £99 99" 0r.iyt29.99 

_uunu <_vi_iun 1.77.77.. PLAT | NU MVVORKS....on]y £39.99.'! 

Vidi 1 2 with built in Meeamix Master.'! Excellent integrated business/office pack, <«* powerful 

123 comp spreadsheet, word processor & database 



123 comp spreadsheet, word processor & database 

TAKE 2 £39.99/.' educational 

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-gdllllA I Id-lCT Li 7. 7 7.. Cni | ds P | ay taking wof _ protessor...£24.99 

8 bit. high spec, sampler, special effects include echo tii.ic Gallery Multi-MediaDbase . £44.99 



Ml be added in real ci me, ful ly muki cuski ng £ easy [□ use. 



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ThenewMBXI200 
CO-PROCESSOR & 

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forthe AMIGA 1200 

Realise the full potential of your 
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68881 I4MHZ £133.00 

68882 25MHZ £199.00 

68882 50MHZ £399.00 

Imb 32 bitfast RAM ....£62.99 
2mb32bitfastRAM..£l 19.99 
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8Mb pop to 8 Mb £3 I 9.99 

8Mb pop to 2 Mb for 
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AS000+ ImB I 6.67 Mhz £154.9' 

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A5000 + 4mB 16.67 Mhz £264.9* 

A5000+ ImB 25 Mhz £279.9' 

A5000 + 2mB 25 Mhz £324.9' 

A5000 + 3mB25Mhz £419.9 

AS000 + 4mB2SMhz £599.9 

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VXL30 25 Mhz £229.9 

VXL30 40 Mhz £349.9 

68B8I Co pro for above £79.9 

I 68882 Co pro for above. ..£1 I 9.9 
32 bit 2 Mb ram for above. ..£ I 89.9 



4Mbby9SIMMS ,. 
su per si i m RocH te. Best revi ew for d isk drives t m b by 4 D R A M S 

in Amiga Format. Now with built in virus | Mb by 4 ZIPS 

checker and anti click device!! 



4+{5l2K). 

Cumana3.5"on.y £57.99 anii-ib,.. 

I meg external drive. The best name in disc ' ** ( 2Mb ) 
drives now at a great price. Kickstart I 



4Mbby9SIMMS £1 14,99 per4Mb 

I Mb by 4 DRAMS £42.99 per I Mb 

I Mb by 4 ZIPS only £39.99 per Mb 

2S6 by 4 DRAM (DILs) ideal for A590 and others 
4+ (5 1 2K) now only £1.49 



NEW.'.'AMIBACKPLUSTOOLS BUNDLE.. £74.9. 



,.nowon1y£3.29 
,.nowonly£3.09 
£27.99 



OPALVISION 



GENLOCKS 

GVP Genlock only £349.99 

features professional SVHS output 

Rocgen Plus only £134.99 



Kickstart 1 .3 

Kickstart 2.04 

Fatter Agnes 8 3 72 A..... 

Super Denise 

457 1 -0126 Keyboard controller.. 
CIA 8S20A I/O controller 



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£3.09 Cross 0as vs n9 - 9 

„'„„ Directory Opus 3 £26.9' 

35 , 9 NEW!.' Directory Opus 4 £49.9' 

32.99 QUARTERBACK V5 .now only £43.9 . 

^ - . . I »»«r. version of this Fast 8 Famous hard disk backup utility. 

terback Tools...™..,.,.....,....... now only £43.9' 

1 *"" Xcopy Pro inc. hardware £33.9* 

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(_ 1 4 oo Complete graphics presentation package. Comp let 



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ay Parallel |j 
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now only £1 19.99 
;raphic fonts Vol I, I, or 3 by GT.only £9.9 
■age (creates special video effects) £6 1 .9' 



£229.99 nutgeii nu* uniy 1. 1 ji.tt P ' R1 — RFflCE (ADDITI0 

£349.99 Includes dual control for overlay and for the isoo/20oof3000) 

£7999 keyhole effects, extra RGB pass thru quality mouse mats 

",'„ 20 CAPACITY DISK BOX 

£119.99 ROCGEN ROC KEY « cap lockable disk 
£189.99 



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»nly£269 
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gvp Series n HD8+ 1 20Mb ..only £469.99 I 500/2000 adaptor.. 

A500 GVP Combo's MS-DOS 4 or 5..£l 

AS30 Combo 40MH I /42MbHD..only £669.99 Kcs p ower board for AtVQC 

AS30Combo40MHi/aoMbHD..only£759.99 ^ 

AS30 combo iDMHifi 20Mb HD..or>ly £849.99 Vortex Golden Gate 38< 

AS30Combo40MHz«i3MbH D ..only£939.99 ^kiKaa-wx.^™ 

68882 C o.Process O rKit f orAS30..only£2l4.99 Vortex Golden Gate 48( 

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1 500/2000 G-FORCE ACCELERATORS hard r drive so r J CM rit your OWB , 

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av Parallel nort sharer box inc cable... .only £17.99 Art Department Pro 2. 1 , 

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PRINTERFACE (ADDITIONAL PRINTER PORT NEW" CALIGARI 24 id o.^., 

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100 CAP LOCKABLE DISK BOX £6.99 Hexidurrip printer utility 

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1 500/2000 adaptor..£59. . 
MS-DOS4or5..£POA 

KCS Power board for A600 £ 1 67.99 

Vortex Golden Gate 3R6..-389.99 

This is a PC Jfii- J5SX BridgebuarJ running at 25 MHi 

Vortex Golden Gate 486..£699.99 

This is a PC 496-25SX Bridgeboard running at 25 MHi 

Vortex ATOnce+ 286. £2 1 4.99 



AMIGA A500 DUST COVER ti-V1 -caiajuv 

AMIGA 600 COVER £2.99 TURBO PRINT.. 

14" MONITOR DUSTCOV6R £6.99 TRUE PRINT/2 

12" MONITOR DUSTCOVER £5.99 VIDEO D1RECT< 

AMIGA TO SCART CABLES £9,99 VIDEO MASTER 

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The Amiga world has waited 
a long time for affordable 
16-bit sampling and It has 
now arrived. Why all the 
fuss about 16-bit? It stems from the 
fact that 8- bit samplers can only 
provide waveform amplitude data 
values between and 2SS and this 
limits the relative amplitude 
resolution of the sampled sound to 
1 In 256 parts. 16-bit samplers use 
a resolution range of to 65,535 - 
the same as CD technology - 
meaning far more waveform detail. 
So, in theory, Microdeal's new 
Clarity 16 sampling 



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itJilibi 1 ™ e Clar '* v sequencer 
has a lot of potential 



Record and Play buttons 
to record and play 
samples, but there are 
also buttons that provide 
access to the memory use 
details, a sample pad, the 
input level scopes, MIDI 
Playing, the Clarity 
sequencing facilities and 
real-time effects windows. 
From the user's viewpoint 
things work much as 
expected. To set the input 
signal level, for instance, 
you hit the Scope button 
and this causes a stereo 
VU meter 'instrument' 



can clear, reverse, swap/copy 
channels, perform panning and fade 
operations and so on, and there are 
a few extra goodies such as 3D Fast 
Fourier Transform display options. 
There is also a menu of special 
effects - echo, reverb, flanging, 
chorusing, and distortion effects are 
all easily produced. The editor does 
of course enable you to convert 
between mono and stereo samples, 
change 16-bit samples into 8-bit, 
adjust sample sizes, remap 
frequencies and so on. 

On top of this comes an array of 
options for controlling things like 
auto-triggering, screen blanking (to 



This is what Amiga 

musicians have all been waiting for: 

16-bit sampling for the masses 

package should provide a dramatic 
improvement in sound quality. Has 
Clarity 16 succeeded in bringing this 
sort of quality to the Amiga at an 
affordable price? Here's your chance 
to find out... 

THE HARDWARE 

This was developed by 
Audio Visual Research 
(AVR) and consists of a 
small plastic-cased unit 
measuring 4" (w) x 5"(l) 
x 1.5" (h) which has to 
be connected to both 
the parallel and the 
serial ports (the Amiga 
port connections are via 
two ribbon cables, each about IS" 
long}. The stereo input and output 
connectors are phono socket type 
and are mounted on the unit's back 
panel, along with standard 5-pin DIN 
type MIDI-ln and MIDI-Out 
connectors. No input signal level 
controls are provided, so levels have 
to be adjusted at source - as usual 
these will need careful monitoring to 
ensure optimum results. Internally 
the circuit board looks well made, 
although since the input and output 
connectors are mounted directly on 
to the board (common practice 
nowadays) it is obviously necessary 
to take care when connecting and 
disconnecting leads. 

As luck would have it, my first 
Clarity hardware unit appeared not to 
work. After returning the unit to AVR, 
and subsequently being told that on 
their machines it seemed to be fine, 
I began to worry about my Amiga. (I 



was using an A2000 
which, as far as MIDI 
and printer serial and 
parallel port use was 
concerned, seemed to 
be working fine.) It 
was suggested that 
because the Clarity 16 
hardware uses virtually all of the 
serial and parallel port signal lines, it 
was possible that a serial or parallel 
port fault might prevent Clarity 16 
from functioning, even though for 
less pin-intensive use both ports 
seemed OK. Sure enough, when I 
brought in a new machine the Clarity 
hardware burst into life and from that 
point on there were no problems at 
all! The main reason for mentioning 




Clarity's MIDI mapping facilities 
can effectively turn your synth Into 
a sampling keyboard 

this is just to convince the guys at 
AVR that I'm happy to admit this 
particular screw-up was down to my 
gear and not the Clarity 16 cartridge. 

THE SOFTWARE 

Two disks are provided, one 
containing the Clarity system soft- 
ware and the other various support 
and example files. Since the system 
disk is bootable setting up the 
system is easy - you just connect up 
the hardware, switch on, boot up, 
and double-click on the appropriate 
icons. The software is, incidentally, 
easily installed on hard disk. 

Clarity's display is Workbench 
screen based and uses a window 
control scheme driven by a gadget 
panel containing eight buttons. As 
you might expect, you use the 




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window to appear. 
From here it is 
possible to switch 
between stereo and 
mono recording and 
between VU-meter, 
oscilloscope, and 
spectrum analyser 
style displays. 

A project Menu 
enables you to 
create, load and 
save samples, MIDI 
maps and so on, 
and to dump and retrieve samples 
from external units (using either MIDI 
standard or Prophet 2000 formats). 
The Edit Menu provides the 
conventional range of cut/paste, 
overlay/mix and block edit operation 
options (including zoom-views). You 




16-bit sampling with Clarity 16 
should give you dramatically better 
sound quality on your Amiga 

improve record/playback 
performance), Amiga filter switching 

and file format selection,. As 
mentioned a couple of issues ago, 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



MUSIC 



Audio Visual Research does have its 
own AVR 16-bit sample storage 
format which is already in use with 
Replay 16 on the Atari ST. As you 
would expect. Clarity 16 offers AVR 
format support, but in addition to 
this, the Clarity 16 software also 
supports both the 8-bit IFF and the 



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My initial experiments were rather 
disappointing and the software did in 
fact crash regularly (always with 
processor exception addressing 
errors', ie 0000003 type Gurus). 
Things did however take a turn for 
the better when I received some 

updated software 
(version 1.26) 
and, although 
this has crashed 
once to date, it is 
obvious that fixes 
and substantial 
improvements 
have already 
been made. 
And let's keep 



You want real-time effects? With 
Clarity 16 you've got them I 

16-bit Audio IFF formats. 

There are some useful MIDI 
facilities, which I'll talk about later, 
and other goodies including a 
Playback option, which enables you 
to direct the playback routines to 
either the internal Amiga channels or 
to the Clarity 16 cartridge, and a one 
track sampled sound sequencer. A 
Fast Amiga option is also available 
which allows Clarity 16 to be fine- 
tuned to particular types of Amiga 
hardware (for example, accelerated 
machines). The updated current 
version of the software, incidentally, 
has not only removed several bugs 
(more about this below) but has also 
added a couple of extra facilities, 
namely freehand waveform editing 
and easier loop editing. 




MIDI users will be far from 
disappointed with what's on offer 

things in perspective. Let's face it - 
the sort of high-speed sampling that 
Clarity 16 performs is by no means 
easy to achieve, and it doubtless 
involves taking a few liberties with 
the Amiga's operating system. To be 
honest, a few problems in the early 
days are almost inevitable and ! 




don't think that prospective users 
should be overly concerned. Newly 
released products almost always 
pass through such stages - 
especially as they come into general 
use on a variety of 
different Mmmmlmmlmmlllm 

machines. In fact I 
remember that 
only a few months 
ago Dr T's brilliant 
SuperJAM program 
was going through 
exactly the same 
type of growing 
pains. Remember 
incidentally that 

some magazine reviews of Clarity 16 
will have been completed 
before updated software 
became available and you 
should bear this in mind 
when comparing reviewers' 
■ comments. 

1 Now for some good 
M news. The maximum 
I sampling frequency 
A obtainable depends on 
HI your machine, but on a 
I standard Amiga we're 
talking about 44kHz 
mono and 32kHz stereo 
- that's CD quality in 
mono and near-CD quality in stereo. 
There's no doubt at all that in many 
respects Clarity 16 is what we've all 
been waiting for - the sound quality 
is nigh-on brilliant. As with all 
samplers, it is necessary to 
experiment a bit as far as setting 
suitable input levels is concerned, 
but for newcomers all that is needed 
is a little practice. Users moving to 
Clarity from an 8-bit sampling 
environment will have no problems at 



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Paul Overaa finds an easy way to 
load up Eine Kleine MIDI Musik 



The use of MIDI Is usually 
associated with modern music but, 
despite the fact that some purists 
may throw their hands up In horror, 
the benefits of MIDI can of course 
be applied just as much to the 
classics as to chart songs. Creating 
large, and often technically difficult, 
classical score sequence sets Is 
obviously not everybody's cup of tea 
but there is an alternative which can 
eliminate all of the hard work - 
namely buy the scores as MIDI Files 
from someone else. 

There are a number of 
companies which specialise in 
classical score transcriptions but 



many of them, because they are 
directly aimed at professional users, 
are very expensive. The good news 
this month is that I've come across a 
classical MIDI File library that is good 
but - equally importantly these days 
- is reasonably priced. 

At the moment the company. 
Words & Music, has seven disks of 
classical material available. The 
Classic Collection volume 1 includes 
Beethoven's symphony No 8 (all four 
movements), an extract from 
Beethoven's 5th symphony, 
Shostakovich's 5th symphony (the 
second movement), Mozart 40, 
Mozart's Rondo Alia Turca, Chopin's 




MIDI Files can make the classics 
accessible to everyone 

Fantasy Impromptu, Habanera, 
Anitra's Dance, Ave Maria and more. 
Volume 2 includes all three 

movements of the fifth Brandenburg 
Concerto, Gershwin's Rhapsody in 
Blue, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 
(all three movements), Eine Kleine 
Nachtmusik, Suite Antique by John 
Rutter, Widor's famous Organ 



all - though the amount of memory 
required for 16-bit samples may 
come as a bit of a shock. 

As for the sound quality, there is 
only praise. When, for example, I 

used Clarity to take 
■mair^m 16-bit samples of 
my drum machine 
(which itself uses 
16-bit sound 
samples) and 
played both back 
through my mixer, 
swapping between 
output sources, it 
proved absolutely 
impossible to 
distinguish between the Clarity 
samples and the originals. In short, 
the Clarity hardware is capable of 
producing absolutely superb 
record/playback sound quality. 

One of Clarity 16's facilities that 
will cause a lot of excitement among 
MIDI musicians is the MIDI Playing 
window - it is here that you can map 
samples to particular areas (note 
ranges) of a MIDI synthesiser 
keyboard. Best of all, the mapping 
process is easy to do - for each 
selected voice (that is, sound 
sample), you just wipe the mouse 
over the chosen key range, and then 
hit the FIX button to store that part of 
the map. When you click on the 
Operate button your Amiga/Clarity 
set-up functions as a 16-bit 
programmable sampling keyboard 
with incoming MIDI notes being 
played with the voices you've set up 
in your MIDI Voice Map (which can be 
loaded and saved}. 

Non-MIDI users are also catered 
for (although to a lesser extent) 
because an 'F Key mode' enables 



Toccata, Air on a G String, Fur Elise, 
Flight of the Bumblebee, plus others. 
Volume 3 offers Bach's Brandenburg 
Concerto No 2, all 16 movements of 
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an 
Exhibition, the Blue Danube Waltz, 
Chopin's Krakowia k Rondo (a live 
virtuoso 
performance 
lasting over 13 
minutes), 
Debussy's 
Arabesque No 1, 
Trumpet Voluntary 
and other pieces. 
Volume 4 offers 
a range of pieces 
including extracts from Mozart's Kyrie 
Eleison and his Divertimento in F for 
string quartet, Mendelssohn's Opus 
25 (an 18-minute masterpiece), and 
the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy 
(from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker 
Suite). Volume 5 includes Erik 
Satie's three Gymnopedies, 
Debussy's Arabesque 2 and Danse, 
Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, 
Beethoven's Opus 6 for piano duet, 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



MUSIC 



you to set up the Amiga function 
keys to trigger sample playing. 
Limited, but usable, pitch alteration 
is also available using the numeric 
keypad. 

THE FINAL ANALYSIS 

Despite a' few early hiccups Clarity 
16 clearly has a lot of potential and 
it is obvious that a lot of work has 
gone into its development. 8-bit 
resolution has always limited serious 
interest in Amiga sampling among 
musically-minded users but up until 
now the cost of higher resolution 
sampling has, to say the least, been 
prohibitive. Microdeal is the first 
company to produce an affordable 
16-bit Amiga system and 
already there has been a lot £§| 
of interest in the package. 

Without detracting from Jj 
Microdeal and AVR's well 
deserved glory it is of 
course difficult to imagine 
that other companies are 
not working along similar 
lines, and Commodore's 
own plans for future 16- 
bit sampled sound 
support do nothing to 
simplify the situation. 
Will the Amiga world see similar 
budget-priced 16-bit offerings appear 
during the coming months? That 
remains to be seen, but to be honest 
there is not much that is rumoured 
to be in the works. 

The benefit of moving into the 
16-bit scene is simple: you are going 
to get an almost unbelievable 
improvement in sample quality. Not 
everything however will be plain 
sailing. To start with you'll need at 
least 2Mb to do anything really 



useful with Clarity 16, and even then 
the system is not going to compete 
with products like the Sunrize boards 
which offer things like direct to hard- 
disk recording. I can however confirm 
that plans are already under way to 
provide Clarity with direct to disk 
recording facilities, but while this is 
obviously 



sampled path. The proliferation of 
such software has directly 
contributed to the use of 8-bit 
sampled sounds. 

For the same 'snowball effect' to 
happen with 16-bit sampling, the 
Amiga programming community 
needs to be given some practical 



something to 
bear in mind for 
the long term I 
personally can't 
see it happening 
this year. 

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software adds free-hand loop editing 

consideration. Detailed accounts of 
the Amiga's integral 8-bit sampled 
sound system and the IFF sample 
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official Amiga documentation right 
from the word go, so commercial 
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encouragement to get into 16-bit 
sound sampling - in other words, the 
right technical info needs to be made 
readily available. Programmers can 
certainty get details of the Audio IFF 
standard from the Addison Wesley 
RKM manuals, and Audio Visual 
Research readily releases details of 
its AVR file format, but what about 
the Clarity hardware? Fortunately it 
certainly seems at the moment that 
routines and programming details are 
going to be made available to anyone 
who wants them. This should 
encourage software houses and 
public domain coders to take an 
interest in, and take advantage of, 
the Clarity 16 system. 

Despite the above intangibles 
one clear fact emerges - Clarity 16 



is a godsend to the many Amiga 
users who have been waiting for the 
chance to experiment with 16-bit 
quality samples. That alone is going 
to be enough to make an awful lot of 
musically-minded users (including 
myself) happily jump on the Clarity 
16 bandwagon. CD 



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Ease of Use • • • • O 

No major problems in this area now that 
the new current version of the Clarity 16 
software has eliminated most, if not all, of 
the early bugs. 

Features • • • O O 

Has all the makings of a good package, 
but a few more editing goodies wouldn't 
go amiss. 

Price Value • • • • O 

At the moment Clarity 16 is the only cheap 
way to get into 16-bit sound sampling on 
the Amiga. 



Overall rating 



'•O 



The sample quality is as good as 
expected, and of course the price is right. 

Since there is no competition at present, 
Clarity 16 is absolutely certain to do well. 



ten pieces from Schumann's Opus 
68 and a range of other pieces. 
Volume 6 provides another selection 
of goodies including Mozart's Piano 
Sonata in C major, Chopin's well- 
known Polonaise and a nice 
collection of virtuoso pieces for 
Spanish guitar. The seventh disk, 
called The Well Tempered Clavier, 
takes its name from the book 
containing the first set of Bach's 
Preludes and Fugues - all 48 pieces 
are provided. 

The arrangements are not 
actually guaranteed to be note- 
perfect transcriptions in the strict 
sense, but the interpretations of the 
pieces I knew seemed surprisingly 
good, and I'm sure that most 
potential users will be more than 
pleased with the material on offer. 
With modern synthesisers being 
easily able to duplicate harpsichords, 
church organs, and all manner of 
orchestral sounds, it's easy to make 
pieces sound authentic. Equally, if 
you feel like taking liberties with 
voices or the arrangements provided 



then the MIDI sequencer does of 
course provide the ideal vehicle far 
creative experimenting. 

The Words & Music library is not 
restricted to just the classics either. 
There is a Ragtime disk which 
contains about 20 Ragtime pieces 
(including of course The Entertainer), 
and a Christmas MIDI Song 
Collection disk with arrangements of 
over 100 festive tunes and carols. A 
Keep On Drummin' disk is also 
available and this contains about 
160 drum patterns, a number 
including bass fines. 

The patterns are configured to 
the General MIDI (GM) standard, 
which should ensure that you get the 
correct sounds in the correct parts 
on any GM-compatible instruments 
(and most likely on instruments 
adhering to GS, Roland's own version 
of GM, as discussed in Amiga 
Shopper issue 17). The patterns can 
be used directly with the Roland 
Sound Canvas modules (whose 
drums are based on the MT-32), 
Yamaha TGIOO, Korg 03R/W and so 



on, and any other unit that supports 
the GM/GS philosophy. The patterns 
can of course be edited or remapped 
for use with any other synth or 
expander, and an explanation of 
General MIDI and GM drum 
assignments is provided as part of 
the Keep On Drummin' package. The 

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Words & Musk volumes £10.95 

(special discounts when yew buy two 
or more disks) 

Volumes Available: 

Classic Collection Volume 1-6 

It's Ragtime 

Keep On Drummin' 

Bach's Well Tempered Clavier 

Disks are available in Amiga, Atari ST, PC 

and Acorn Archimedes formats 

For details contort: 

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"091529 4788 




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MIDI File format 1 type files with 
each drum on a separate track, an 
arrangement that makes it very easy 
to edit the sequences. 



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Ease of Use • • • O O 

Depending on your MIDI set-up you may, 
as with most MIDI file sequences, need to 
do a bit of editing or channel remapping. 

Features • • • • O 

The best 'feature' of this library is that 
someone else has done all of the hard 
work foryoul 

Price Value • • • • O 

You get a lot of music for your money. 



Overall rating 



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There are some really nice pieces in this 
library and if you are one of the growing 
band of MIDI-based classics lovers then 
these disks are well worth checking out. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



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esplte having several 
years' worth of 
experience in the world 
of video, music and 
sound recording behind me, this Is 
the first time I've ever used a 
digltlser which can freeze both 
sound and vision in one go - and for 
less than £70 at that. How? Enter 
Microdeal's Video Master. 

Now, I know this all sounds too 
good to be true and sure enough, 
there is a catch. Well, in fact there 
are several - not least that the 
current design of Video Master 
means that it can only be used with 
Amiga 500 and 500 Plus models. 
This is no bad thing from a 
retail point of view, since 
there are still many 
thousands of Amiga 500s in 
the world; the drawback is for 
owners of other Amiga 
machines, who won't be able to 
make any use of Video Master 
until it is redesigned for their 
particular model. 

Putting this small drawback 
aside, lets find out how Video Master 
may be of use to the average Amiga 
owner - at whom this product is 
surely targeted. 

To be fair, Video Master 
shouldn't be regarded as anything 
approaching either professional or 
semi-pro kit. The hobbyist market is 
the most likely audience to be 
attracted to this one - people who 
dabble, experiment and enjoy new 
challenges, but don't wish to splash 
out on expensive kit until they are 
sure that they really need it. In this 
case, Video Master fits the bill 
admirably, allowing experimentation 
with both sound and video digitising 
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stringing together various film, 

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choreography takes place In the 
sequence editor and the effect is 
enhanced if the clips have sound. 
Below left: Audio Editor. Sound, 
like video, can be grabbed into 
Video Master at sampling rates of 
up to 16KHz. Then it can be edited, 
resampled or tweaked In several 
other ways. 

Below right: Setup: For full screen 
grabbing, first define the type of 
screen you want to end up with 
before grabbing and merging the 
results into a colour image. 



THE REAL NITTY GRITTY 

The first step is to plug the wedge- 
shaped hardware into the Amiga 
500/500 Plus's expansion port. 
Attach the audio and video feeds to 
their respective phono inputs, boot 
up the machine with the software 
disk and you're in business. And 
don't worry if you already have an 
A590 or other hard drive unit in place 
- with a simple adaptor, the Video 
Master can also be 
accommodated, though 




Use the 
VidiPlay software to 
project your finished 
Sequence, Film or Video files over a 
16-colour backdrop of your choice 

providing power for the complete set- 
up could put a strain on older-style 
power units. The software will run 
quite happily from a hard drive, too. 

EEK! IT'S AN ST! 

Don't get confused when you first 

see the user interface: your Amiga 
hasn't turned into an Atari ST, it just 

looks that way because the code has 



been ported across - a result of 
Video Master also being available for 
both the ST and the Falcon. Beyond 
this there are no major worries. A 

few little quirks, perhaps, but nothing 
that any sensible user wouldn't be 
able to cope with, particularly if they 
take the time to study Video 
Master's in-depth manual, 

GRABBING STUFF 

There is little sense in pretending 
that Video Master is the best thing 
since sliced bread when it comes to 
video digitising: it isn't. That said, 
there are plenty of good things 
which it can do, and do pretty well 
at that. For instance, one of its 
unique specialities is to capture 
video and sound simultaneously 
to produce chunks of animation. 
Granted, the video will only be 
160 x 100 pixels in size, and 
in monochrome, but the ease 
and speed with which such a 
sequence can be captured 
is impressive. Even I was 
rather pfeased when I 
played back the 
completed .FLM (short 
for FILM CLIP) file and 
experienced the joys of synchronous 
sound and vision. 

Sequences can also be grabbed 
mute (without sound), in which case 
the result will be saved as a .VID file 
- this involves a degree of memory 
saving, important to those owners 
with only partially-expanded 
machines. There's also a speed 
setting which allows capture up to a 
maximum of 25 frames per second 
(on PAL system Amigas) and right 
down to time lapse, where the 
interval between frames can be set 
in hours, minutes and seconds, or 
be triggered by either joystick or 



keypad for wacky stop-motion 
effects. These time settings can also 
be used to adjust the playback 
speed of animation clips before they 
are saved. And just in case you have 
no other way of seeing what's going 
on (like a second monitor, for 
instance), the small display window 
doubles as a low-resolution viewing 
screen so you can immediately see 
where your video images are going. 

STILL LIFE 

Moving from bite-sized images to 
something rather larger, Video 
Master can also capture stills in 
sizes up to 640 x 512 pixels, though 
there is no chance of doing 
overscan, meaning that the very 
edges of each frame will be lost. 
Grabs can be made in colour - which 
is fine if you have a black and white 
video camera and use the colour 
filters provided to split the image into 
red, green and blue components - 
but if you want to use colour video 
then you'll need an electronic colour 
splitter, such as Rombo's Vidi 
Chrome, and a video which has a 
perfect freeze-frame. I was quite 
surprised at the quality of "full 
screen" grabs provided by Video 
Master, all things considered. 
Brilliant it isn't, but it's certainly 
better than some of the pictures 
NASA used to transmit from the 
moon. There are limits though - once 
the RGB files have been grabbed and 
saved as IFF files that's it - it just 
isn't possible to make changes even 
after re-loading them back into the 
software. If you plan on manipulating 
the grabs further, you'll need some 
more appropriate software, as Video 
Master only provides one such 
feature - negative - so be warned, 

CHOP AND CHANGE 

An interesting feature of Video 
Master's software is its ability to edit 
an .FLM or .VID file to delete or 
otherwise change the running order 
of the individual frames. Such 
matters are easily accomplished 
through the Video Edit screen, where 
a small fllmstrip appears which can 
be chopped and changed in a 
manner akin to editing regular film. 
Individual 16-colour picture files can 
be grabbed in or added directly, 
entire blocks can be removed at will 
and defined blocks can be reversed. 
If you are really determined, a whole 
sequence of 16-colour pictures can 
be loaded one by one to make up an 
animated sequence. 

Once your .ILBM, .VID or .FLM 
files have been digitised they can be 
assembled into presentations in the 
Sequence Editor. By assigning each 
file to an individual key it can either 
be played back manually or chained 
with others into longer runs by 
editing a new sequence together. If 
an .FLM file has sound this will also 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • I5SUE 25 • MAY 1993 



Microdeal's Video Master, the 
first Integrated simultaneous 
digitiser for video and audio 

be played back with its 
associated video clip. 
Individual adjustments 
can be made to the 
playback speed of each 
clip and its overall timing, 
as well as to the playback 
frequency of any sound 
samples which are included. 

It didn't take long to get to grips 
with editing sequences, changing 
things around and generally fiddling 
about. Video Master isn't exactly an 
intuitive system, but the manual 
explains all you need to know. Once 
a sequence has been set up it can 
be saved as a ,SEQ file which can be 
changed at any time, new segments 
added and old ones adjusted or 
deleted altogether. Timing can even 
be set to an accuracy of one tenth of 
a second {though this facility is likely 
to be one of the most underused of 
those on offer in the timing 
department). The overall length of a 
sequence is entirely dependent upon 
the Amiga's available memory. 

VIDIPLAY 

If you're itching to share your new 
creations with friends there's no 
need to take all the hardware and 



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sampling, 
it's just as easy as 
grabbing video 




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software with you, as a utility called 
VidiPlay is included. With it self- 
running disks can be constructed to 
play back VIDEO, FILM or 
SEQUENCES automatically and it will 
also work from hard drives or disk, 
so a simple click on a suitably-edited 
icon file will cause any presentation 
to spring into action. What's more, it 
is possible to do a few fancy tricks 
not available from within the 
standard software. For instance, a 
16-colour background image can be 
loaded behind the actual sequence 
and it will remain there throughout, 
so perhaps a special background 
screen could be used to add variety. 
It is also possible to determine 
exactly where on the display the 
sequence will appear - for instance 
centred, towards the top and so on, 
by setting x and y positions. Multiple 
copies of the sequence are also 
possible and stretching the 
sequence up to a larger size can 
also be achieved, though at the 
expense of resolution. The overall 



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effect of this pint-sized sequence 
(remember, it has dimensions of only 
160 x 100) on a different 
background can look rather good, 
under the right circumstances. 

AUDIO 

As for audio sampling, well, it's just 
as easy as grabbing video. With a 
suitable sound source (CD, tape or 
video) connected, there's little more 
to do than set the volume, cue up 
and record. Then, until the space bar 
is pressed, any audio that enters the 
digitiser will be sampled. The 
sampling rate is adjustable up to 
16Khz, which admittedly isn't 
fantastic, but it helps keep memory 
usage down quite respectably. 

Post-sampling editing can be 
done with the help of a few simple 
tools. Sections can be hacked out 
completely, reversed, faded or 
altered in volume. For closer 
attention to detail there is a zoom 
function, so that the zone markers 
can be more effectively set around 
an area of interest. There is also an 
option to "squash" a sample down - 
in other words, re-sample it at a 
lower rate. This saves space, but the 
sample becomes increasingly 
degraded, which may not be too 
pleasant in the long run. 

One more interesting feature of 
the Audio editor is its ability to let 
you hear the sample as the markers 
are moved across it (a process 
known as "scrubbing"). This feature 
makes the location of specific 
sounds considerably easier. 

Finally, if you want to use 
another audio digitiser instead of 
Video Master's you can, as the 
software can be configured to accept 
Amas, Stereo Master or 
Mastersound inputs, ff ft 



Whether you'd like to digitise 
sound or video, you can have the 
best of both worlds w/f/i 
Microdeals budget-priced Video 
Master. Gary Whiteley samples 
the audio-visual experience 



HOW MUCH MEMORY? 

To digitise one second of combined 
audio (at the full sampling 
frequency of 16KHz) and video at 
25 frames per second. Video 
Master requires around 216 K of 
memory. A quick calculation for 
your machine (minus around 100 K 
for the software itself) will give you 
a rough idea of what you can do 
with whatever memory you have 
installed. Of course, using a lower 
sampling rate for either pictures or 
sounds will extend the memory 
resources somewhat, albeit at the 
slight expense of quality. 

Video Master is a memory hog 
which grabs all available free 
memory, but there is no problem 
multi-tasking providing that the 
other programs are run before 
Video Master , 



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Video Master 

by Micradeai, PO Box 68, 
St Austell, Cornwall 
PL254YB 
= 0726 68020 



. £69.95 




CHECKOUT 

Video Master 



Documentation • • • • O 

Very thorough and easy to understand, 
with good tutorials 

Speed • • • • O 

Fast grabbing and fast playback 

Ease of use • • • • O 

Generally quite easy to get to grips with 

Quality • • • O O 

For this kind of money you shouldn't 
expect wonders 

Flexibility • • • • • 

integrated sound and vision - what more 
could you want? 



Price • • • • • 

Speaks for itself 

Overall rating • ••• 

With sound, vision and flexible software 
there's a lot to be said for Video Master's 
integrated approach. Quality-wise it's 
certainly not a hot cookie but for great fun 
and education there's plenty to 
recommend It. A few 'undo' buttons would 
have helped, and a friendly warning that 
there are no audio or video inputs would 
be better than the current lock-out. 



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If, like me, you've been 
following Amiga 30 graphics 
over the years, you'll probably 
remember a program called 
Draw 4D. Now it has a successor - 
Aladdin 4D - a massive overhaul on 
the original. From the 
advertisements In magazines, It 
appears that Aladdin 40 can go the 
distance against the likes of 
Impulses' Imagine, Actlva's Real 
3D, Octree's Caligarl and NewTek's 
Video Toaster-linked Lightwave. 
Adspec claims that Aladdin 4D Is 
the most advanced, flexible and 
Intuitive 3D rendering and animation 
software for the Amiga. My mission 
is to find out If this is true. 

I've tested lots of different 3D 
packages. There are some that I've 
taken an instant shine 



"Aladdin 4D is 

equipped with 

some innovative 

ideas" 



Nevertheless, I plunged into the first 
tutorial - which involves setting up 
the display mode, loading the only 
example object supplied (a cube) and 
doing some simple animation with it. 
This is where my 

adventures really ^^^^^^^^^b 
started. 

But first, 
some 

explanations. 
Aladdin 40 is 
rather novel in the 
way that it 
operates. Not 
because it uses 
separate displays ^^^^~ ^^^^~ 
for modelling, rendering and 
animating, but because it has a 
unique logic and system. 

I found modelling with 
Aladdin 4D particularly 
difficult, especially 
where non-primitive 
Objects were 
concerned, and in the 
end I opted for 
importing objects as 
.GEO files (Allen 
Ha sting's original 
VideoScape 3D 
object file format) 
rather than trying 
to use the non- 
intuitive, 
non-3D-feei 
modelling editor 




4D modelling interface. I found It 

confusing and hard to operate. The 

object on display was actually 

modelled with Imagine, converted 

with Pixel 3D 2 Into. GEO format and 

then loaded Into Aladdin 

to and others that I've tried my best 
to use but finally had to call a truce 
with, either because they didn't do 
what I required or because I couldn't 
get on with the way they operated. 
My criteria for what makes a program 
worth having are quite simple. A 
good program is one which provides 
the power and facilities that I 
require with the minimum of effort, 
though if I have to put in the 
necessary learning time to reap the 
benefits then so be it. 

With this in mind, I settled down 
with the Aladdin 4D manual to begin 
the long, lonely journey into yet 
another 3D world. 

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE 

Two things struck me immediately. 
First, the manual doesn't have page 
numbers, but letter codings which I 
found rather obstructive. Second, the 
software doesn't have the familiar 
3D tri-view interface which is the 
mainstay of so many 3D programs. I 
felt 1 was in an alien world, lost and 
without familiar landmarks. 



This 640 x 512 24-bit Image took 
around two hours for Aladdin 4Dto 
render on a 40 MHz '030 Amiga 
2000. In Its construction I used 
Deluxe Paint 3 and ImageMaster to 
make the starry background; the 
spacecraft is a Lightwave object 
converted to VideoScape (.geo) 
format using Plxel3D 2 and the gas 
disk was made with Deluxe Paint 3 
and Pixel3D 2. The planetary spheres 
and gas clouds were produced 
with Aladdin 4D 



to build them. This wasn't because 
construction tools are absent - they 
aren't - but simply because I 
couldn't tolerate their clumsy 
operation. There's a freehand tool for 
building objects polygon by polygon 



and there are gadgets for adding 
arcs and rectangles. Any object 
can be spun, extruded, slanted, 
deformed or otherwise affected. 
It's just the building of them that I 

found too tricky. 
gmm^B^m~To be fair, Aladdin 4D 
is equipped with some 
innovative ideas in the 
modelling department 
- including being able 
to set individual radii 
for segmented disk- 
type objects and a 
good range of point- 
and-click tools. But the 
lack of solid, or even 
hidden-line wireframe views, and the 
constant need to swap between the 
three axial views to examine different 
parts of an object eventually left me 
exasperated. I finally called it a day 
when I couldn't even work out how to 
construct a simple disk with a hole in 
the centre. 

Fortunately, Aladdin 4D offers 
other ways to model objects - like 
converting EPS (Encapsulated 
Postscript) files such as those 
produced by Gold Disk's Professional 
Draw 3, loading objects created by 
Draw4D/Draw4D Pro and also using 
Natura I G raph ic ' s Scenery A nimator 
DEM (Digital Elevation Mapping) 
files. But these are still no substitute 
for a reasonable modeller and I had 
difficulty getting EPS files to look the 
way I would have 
expected them to. 

A far more 
satisfying feature 
of Aladdin 4D is 
its texturing 
prowess. A wide 
range of 
procedural (cf. 
algorithmic) 
textures is 
available, together 
with iucid 
nstructions on 
how to get to grips 
with them and 
apply them. It is 
possible to have 
bump, reflection, opacity, hardness, 
illumination and genlock mapping 
types and also to determine colours, 
styles, orientation, and quite a few 
other settings as well - even to the 
point of being able to change one 
texture into another over time. Of 
course, ordinary bitmap images can 
also be used as textures and they 
can be layered together. 

THE GAS MAN COMETH 

But perhaps Aladdin 4D's best 
texture feature is Gases - which are 
actually objects in their own right 
that can be used to enclose others 
and still let them be visible because 
they can be made transparent. Like 
textures, gases can be widely 
manipulated through the many 




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• Weak documentation - and 
confusing tutorials. 

• Poor modelling interface. 

• No demo examples, only images. 

• Non-standard, non-intuitive, and 
sometimes downright awkward 
user interface. 

• Lots of dumb spelling mistakes in 
the manual (which doesn't inspire 
much confidence). 



available controls to produce some 
very spectacular effects. Turbidity, 
density, second colour and blend 
direction are just some of the many 
settings which can affect how gas 
looks and behaves. 

The last of the 'textures' is 
Waves, which makes waves on the 
surfaces of objects. Like many other 
aspects of Aladdin 4D's features, 
waves can be animated in time and 
space, as linear, radial or bumpy 
waves, and modified by an extensive 
set of parameters. And they're also 
pretty easy to get to grips with. 

Turning to animation, Aladdin 4D 
incorporates one of the easiest 
animation path methods I have come 



"loops, path 

alignment and 

rotations are all 

simply controlled" 



across. To move an object, light or 
even camera around requires little 
more than making a new multi-sided 
polygon to represent the path, 
converting it and then assigning the 
desired objects to it. Loops, path 
alignment, rotations and other 
functions are all simply controlled 
and a fast wireframe preview can 
show exactly what the action will be 
when fully rendered. One unusual 
aspect of this path method is that by 
changing the number of frames in 
the animation the object will be 
automatically tracked to the path in 
the new timing. 

But once again I was soon in 
trouble. Because of the see-through 
nature of the wireframe preview it 
becomes difficult to know whether 
objects are passing by each other or 
through each other - which, in turn, 
hinders animation construction. I 



50 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



VIDEO 




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• Ease of making animation paths 
and moving objects along them. 

• Fast wireframe rendering for 
previews. 

• Impressive gas, wave and 
texture effects. 

• Support for DCTV, DMI Resolver, 
Firecracker and Opalvision as well 
as standard IFF and 24-bit files. 

• Flexibility-thoughobscuredby 
interface and documentation. 



suppose that being able to select 
which plane you view the action from 
helps, but not that much. 

Aladdin 40 can produce "normal" 
AMIM OPS animations for loading into 
programs like View or Deluxe Paint 
for replay, though Aladdin cannot 
replay the files directly. Another 
option is to save each frame of an 
animation separately - which is 
particularly 




to OpatVision, 2MB of Chip RAM is 
required, though images can be 
saved as standard 24-bit files for 
subsequent display. 

SEEING IS BELIEVING 

In order to see certain properties in a 
scene, the relevant permissions have 
to be toggled on in the Render 
Options requester. For instance, if 
there is transparency in an object it 
won't be rendered unless 
Transparency is turned on. 
Fortunately these settings are saved 
when the scene file is saved. 

Rendering, like editing, takes 
place on a dedicated screen and, in 
common with other areas of Aladdin, 
there are plenty of parameters to 
fiddle with. One of the most complex 
is the ability to apply convolutions to 
a rendering image - resulting in 
blurring, sharpening or other image 
processing effects. It is also possible 
to adjust the amount of dithering 
applied during a render, something 
which can be important when using a 
limited number of colours. Both fog 
and fade effects can be applied over 
time and, if you choose, scenes can 
be saved as Pro Draw graphics 

clips for importing 
into suitable 
DTP programs. 



This is one of Adspec's demo 

images to show off Aladdin's nice 

looking textures 

important for 24-bit work - so that 
they can be composited together 
as required. 



// 



RENDER TIME 

Having constructed a 

scene, the aim is 

then to turn it into 

something that the 

average human can 

see. To this end 

Aladdin 40 supports 

all the normal IFF 

still image formats, 

including HAM and 

24-bit (but not yet AA " 

modes such as HAMS) and is also 

able to output directly to several third 

party display devices - including 

OpatVision, DCTV and two NTSC 

devices - the DM! Resolver and 

Impulses' Firecracker. Note that for 

full-screen hi-res interlace rendering 



EXPLAIN! 

Having said that, 
the rendering 
screen isn't 
documented as 
well as it could be 
and I constantly 
came unstuck 
when trying to 
set the Aspect 
Ratio to stop 
spheres looking 
egg-shaped when 
rendering. I eventually worked it out 
(by using Fixed instead of Relative) 
but yet again, with absolutely no 
thanks to the manual. 

Rendering itself can be a bit of a 
hit and miss affair. To see what's 
happening during a hi-res interlace 
24-bit save, you are limited to only 
16 actual display 
colours (with dither) 
so only when the 
render is finished 
and fully displayed 
in 24-bit will you 
I , ■ I. know if it is 

documented as well acceptable, of 

ff course, it is 

possible to make 
smaller size renders 
for quick previews, 



The rendering 
screen isn't 



as it could be' 



which can save a good deal of time. I 
really wasn't very impressed with 
Aladdin's HAM and other IFF renders 
- although admittedly I may be a little 
spoiled by having a 24-bit card. 

The bottom line when it comes to 
rendering with Aladdin is that for the 



best results, particularly when 
rendering gases and textures, a 
better-than-normal-IFF display device 
is required, be it DCTV, OpatVision or 
whatever. Or a HAMS version for the 
AA machines. 

Although there hasn't been 
sufficient space to cover every 
feature of Aladdin 40 here, I hope 
I've given you some indication of the 




be magic 

Aladdin 4D is a new modelling 
and animation program fresh 
from the USA. Gary Whiteley rubs 
the lamp to see whether it has a 
genie in it 



trials and tribulations I had trying to 
get to grips with the unfulfilled 
potential of this new pretender to the 
3D crown. My advice to Ads pec is 
this: improve the interface, improve 
the manual, iron out the creases and 
Aladdin 4D will be getting there. My 
advice to you is, until these changes 
have been made, tread carefully, f^j 

Gary Whiteley can be contacted 
by e-mail as: 
drgaz@cix,computlnk. co.uk 



Requirements: Any Amiga with 
AmigaDOS 1.3 or greater, 2MB of 
memory (10MB recommended!) 
and at least one 3.5" disk drive. 
Hard drive and 68030/68882 
card recommended. 



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Documentation 



• ••OO 



General lack of intelligible explanation and 
page numbering. Too often learners are 
left to work things out for themselves 

Speed • • • • O 

Adequate, though not a record breaker 

Ease of use •••CO 

Lacks many of the refined touches reeded 
for truly user-friendly software 

Quality • • • • O 

Capable of turning out some brilliant 
images - especially in 24-bit 

Flexibility •••CO 

Potentially one of the most flexible 3D 
programs around but sadly let down by 
one of the least friendly interfaces 

Price • • • O O 

In my opinion, Aladdin 4D6oes not 
currently offer good value for money 

Overall rating ••too 

Aladdin 4D has a great deal of promise 
but is consistently let down by poor 
requesters, a difficult front-end. hard-to- 
use modelling functions, a poorly thought 
out manual and confusing tutorials. But it 
is capable of producing some stunning 
gaseous and texture effects and it is also 
good at making animation paths. This 
could be a great program - if it was easier 
to use! I think a new genie is called for. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 JL ' 



AMOS 



This month's AMOS Action 
has a slightly different 
flavour to it. In response to 
the barrage of letters and 
requests that I've received over the 
last few months, I've decided to 
dedicate the next two columns to a 
tutorial that alms to demystify 
Amos Professional's powerful 
'Interface' language. Now I realise 
that not all of you may own AMOS 
Professional, but it appears that 
most of you have taken the plunge 
and have either upgraded to AMOS 
Pro or have bought AMOS Pro in 
preference to either Easy AMOS or 
AMOS 1.34, both of which are still 
being sold. If you haven't upgraded 
yet, it could be well worth 
considering making the break. 



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AMOS' monopoly Is all set to be 
challenged with the release of 
Blitz Basic 

I have to admit that up until quite 
recently, I hadn't really experimented 
in great depth with Interface, due 
mainly to the fact that I devote so 
much time to other programs. I did 
have a quick look at it when AMOS 
Pro was first released, but I soon 
gave up after a long and fruitless 
fight through the manual. As I'm sure 



all AMOS Pro users will agree, the 
explanation provided by the Interface 
manual makes it look anything but 
simple. However, with a postbag 
becoming increasingly full of letters 
asking for Interface help, I knew that 
it was high time to turn my attention 
to solving some of your problems. 
When you are starting out with 
Interface for the first time, the 
chances are that you will find it quite 
frustrating. However, you'll also 
discover that after a while, it all 
seems to fall neatly into place. 
Programming Interface is actually 
quite simple - it's just the manual 
explanation that makes it look so 
complicated. The idea of this tutorial 
is to take the strain out of the 
learning process for you and to 

enable you to get 
down to some 
serious 

programming in 
Interface almost 
instantly. Look 
through this first 
installment, try the 
examples, and I 
think you'll come to 
the conclusion 
that Interface isn't 
really the monster 
we thought it was. 

AMOS UNDER THREAT 

AMOS' monopoly could be under 
threat with the news that Acid 
Software, the Mew Zealand-based 
Amiga developer, is all set to storm 
the UK market with a new release of 
its popular AMOS challenger. Blitz 
Basic. Although the original has been 
available over here in limited 
quantities for about two years now, it 
never quite achieved the recognition 
that it deserves. Like AMOS, Blitz 



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Still can't get the routine that 
you've been working on for two 
weeks to make sense? Let Jason 
Holborn write it for you... 



START COUNTING 

I have been using Easy AMOS for 
about one month now and I have 
managed to write a maths game for 
my young daughter. It is a very 
simple game that merely generates 
two random numbers and then my 
daughter has to type in the answer. 
My problem is this. I'd like to 
Include some form of timer that 
counts down from say 10. If my 
daughter does not type In an 
answer by then, she runs out of 
time. I have tried many different 



ANSWERS 



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to better programming 



DROLL SCROLL 

I've been working on a multi- 
directional scrolling platform game 
for a few weeks now and I've come 
up against a couple problems which 
are causing me grief. Firstly, when 
scrolling a large bitmap, how do you 
stop the screen from dropping down 
one pixel? 

Secondly, how do I go about 
detecting collisions between the 
main character and the various 
platforms that will be scattered 
around my game screen? I've tried 
using the AMOS Map Editor, but It's 
just too slow to be of any great use. 
Please help. 

Paul Stone 
Rhondda, Mid-Glamorgan 



The problem that you've discussed 
doesn't usually happen unless you're 
swapping a large bitmap around to 
produce a sort of continuous scroll 
effect. This usually happens when the 
screen scroll reaches either the 
extreme left or right hand side of the 
screen. Say, for example, you were 
scrolling a 640 by 256 bitmap through 
a low resolution viewport. If the 
screen offset drops to below or 
above 320 (don't forget that the 
screen offset command takes its 
origin from the top left hand corner, 
so an X value of 320 will display the 
second half of the bitmap), causing 
the pixel drop effect that you've 
mentioned, i would check that your 
scroll routine isn't producing the 



ways of achieving this, but to no 
avail. Please help. 

Mr M H Canvin 
Deanshanger, Milton Keynes 

The problem you've outlined, Mr 
Canvin, is a common one. In fact, I 
received at least four letters this 
month on the very same subject. 
Anyway, the solution is actually quite 
simple, so I can give you the source 
code you need to help keep your 
daughter on her toes. Here's an 
AMOS procedure that will do the job. 
Instructions on what parameters do 



Basic provides the programmer with 
comprehensive access to the 
Amiga's sound and video hardware, 
allowing high speed scrolling, blitter 
objects and sampled sounds to be 
easily accessed using a language 
similar to BASIC, 

Acid Software has been holding 
back on the release of its AMOS 

what are contained within the source 
code - all you have to do is to call 
the J3ETINPUT procedure instead 
of using the AMOS Basic 
'Input' command. 

Games programmers may also 
find this routine useful as it allows 
you to get a string of characters (in 
this case, a number) from the user 
without stopping program flow. You 
could also use this routine as the 
basis for a more elaborate high 
score table complete with bouncing 
bobs, AMOS 3D objects et al. The 
great thing about this little procedure 
is its adaptability. As you can see 
from the wide range of parameters 
that can be fed to the routine, it 
gives you extensive control over the 
positioning of both the timer and the 
input string. If you feel confident 
enough to play around with 
scancodes, you could even modify 
the routine so that only certain 
characters can be entered by the 
user -just numbers, for example. 
Here's the code. 



challenger in order to ensure that its 
product can compete with the latest 
release of AMOS, AMOS 
Professional. Many of the new 
features even leave AMOS for dead - 
for starters, Blitz BASIC isn't just 
restricted to hardware-based 
programming. Using a clever 
BLITZ/AMIGA directive, the language 



LISTING • LISTING 



' ** Getlnput Procedure 

' ** Written by Jason Holboin 

_GETINPUT 1 1 , 1, 10 , , 3 , -1] 

MJSWER$ = ParamS 

Locate 1, 5 

Print "The answer you typed 

was" ;Val (ANSWERS) 



End 




' ** GETDTPUT Procedure 




i #* 




' ** x = X coord of number 


to 


be entered 




' *+ y = Y coord of number 


to 


be entered 




' ** TIME ■ Max number of 




seconds allowed 




' ** X2 = X coord of 




countdown display 




' ** Y2 = Y coord of 




1 countdown display 





I A AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



values shown above. In answer to 
your second question, I have to 
admit that I've never attempted to 
write a platform game, but the theory 
seems simple enough. The easiest 
way to check for collisions between 
the player's sprite and the platforms 
would be to paste down the 
platforms as blitter objects and then 
use the standard AMOS collision 
routines to keep track of events. 
This would also make platforms 
more memory efficient as each 
screen doesn't have to be stored as 
a bitmap. Hope this helps. 

LASER DAZER 

I. 1 am having problems with the 
Europress Laser Routine published 
In the September Issue of Amiga 
Shopper. When I run it, an error 
message is produced that informs 
me that there Is a 'Do Without 
Loop' error. Having checked through 
the code though, the 'Do' 
statement Is definitely there! 
What's going on? 

2. I've just started using Easy 
AMOS. When I save programs to 
disk and then try to load them back 
in again, the file requester does not 
display them unless I save them 
with a '.amos' extension. Can you 
explain what I'm doing wrong? 

3. When I use 'Easy Disc' to 
show the programs that I've saved 



to disk, some programs have '.bak' 
after them. Why is this? 

4. Returning to the September 
Issue of Amiga Shopper, I cannot 
get the Animated Bobs listing to 
work. Every time 1 try to run it, 
AMOS Informs me that I do not have 
a file called ' Source: Ba II .abk'. Do I 
need to buy this? 

Jim Walkins 
East Cowes, Isle of Wight 

1. Having checked through my back 
issues, I can't understand why 
you're getting the error you've 
described. This sort of thing is 
usually caused by line breaks that 
are introduced when the pages are 
laid out, but there's only one line in 
the listing that has been broken. 
Start by checking that the comment 
line '*** THIS BLANKS THE USER 
OUT hasn't been typed in as two 
separate lines and if this doesn't 
solve your problem, go through the 
listing line by line to see that you've 
typed everything correctly. In 
particular, check that you've typed 
'Loop' as the last line of the routine. 
2. The Easy AMOS file requester 
allows you to use what are known as 
'wildcards'. That is, only files that 
adhere to a specified search pattern 
are displayed. By default, the Easy 
AMOS file requester looks for files 
that end in '.amos'. If you save out 



your program without this 
extension, it will not be 
displayed. You can alter this 
search pattern by changing 
the '*.amos' part to '**', 
This will display all files, 
regardless of their format. 

3. When you save a 
program that has already 
been saved, Easy AMOS 
automatically makes a 
backup of the old version just in 
case you accidentally erase the 
latest version. These backup files 
are saved out with a '.bak' extension 
to differentiate between versions. 

4. The listing doesn't run 
because it expects to find a file 
tailed 'ball. abk' on a dtsk called 
'SOURCE:'. You'll have to create your 
own sprite bank in order to get the 
listing to work. The filename that 
was published is used as an 
example, to show you where the 
sprite bank should be loaded within 
the listing. You can create a sprite 
bank using the Easy AMOS Sprite 
Editor - see AMOS Answers in issue 
17 of Amiga Shopper for more 
details on designing animations. 

VISITING THE LIBRARY 

I've just bought myself a copy of 
AMOS Professional and I'd like to 
use the commands that allow 
AMOS to access the Amiga's 




Easy 

Disc reveals 

parts of your disks that 

other programs cannot reach 

operating system routines. I 
understand how to open a library 
and how to set up all the various 
parameters that need to be passed 
to the operating system routines, 
but I can't find any mention in the 
manual of the operating system 
routine offsets that are needed by 
the 'Lib Call' command. Where can I 
get this information? 

Kevin Cecil 
S treat ham Hill, London 

Try getting hold of a copy of the 
Amiga ROM Kernel Manual that 
documents the OS Libraries and 
Devices. This is published by 
Add i son-Wesley and is available from 
most good book stores. 



AMOS ACTIO 





ISTING • LISTING • 


LISTING • LISTING I 




' ** LIMIT = Maximum number 
of characters 


strg$=strq$+a$ 

End If 


Procedure 

_GETINPUT tx, Y, TIME, X2 , Y2 , LIMI 


End If 

End If 


T] 

Curs Off 


CLOCK=Int((TIME-Tij!ier>/50) 


TIME=<TIME+1)*50 : CIiOCK=0 : 


Wait Vbl 


Timer =0 

If LIMIT=-1 Then LIKIT=200 


Locate X,Y : Print STRG$+"_ " 
Locate X2,Y2 : Print CLOCK;" 


Repeat 

A$=Inkey§ 

A=Scancode 


' ** Put your code in here if 
you 


If AoO 

If A=65 

STKLEN=Len ( STROS ) 

If STRLEN>0 

STRGS =Le f t $ ( STRG$ , STRLEN- 1 ) 

End If 

Else If AoO 


' ** would like AMOS to do 
something else 

Until A=6B or A=67 or CLOCK=0 
End Proof STRG$] 


If Len(STRG$)<LIMIT 







Jason Hotborn takes 

an in-depth look at 

AMOS m 

Professional's 

Interface language. 

Find out what it can do for you 




can swap between hardware-based 
and Intuition-based programming with 
ease, making Blitz ideal for both 
games and applications 
programmers. More importantly, Blitz 
Basic 2 also fully supports both the 
new 'AGA' (double 'A') chip set and 
the new gadgets and requesters 
offered by Workbench 3.0. Europress 
Software claims that AMOS will be 
upgraded to include an Intuition 
extension later this year, but it 
seems that Acid Software has 
beaten it to it with a very aggressive 
new challenger. 



I was lucky enough to have been 
sent a very polished pre-production 
copy of Blitz Basic 2 and I have to 
admit that I was impressed with what 
I saw. Although Blitz 2 is not quite as 
accessible as AMOS, its sprite and 
blitter object handling routines seem 
a lot faster. Rest assured that as 
soon as the full version arrives, I'll 
be bringing you a comprehensive 
head-to-head review of Blitz Basic 2 
and AMOS Professional to find out 
which offers the user the most in 
terms of performance and all-round 
flexibility. Watch this space! 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 A 4 



AMOS 



Creating front ends for 
AMOS applications has 
always been a difficult and 
long winded process. 
Before AMOS Professional was 
launched, I was working on an 
application in AMOS that required 
me to create lots of fairly 
complicated requesters complete 
with buttons and slider gadgets. 
Although the gadget handling 
routine that I eventually wrote 
got the job done, it still required 
a good deal of manipulation 
in order to get the user Interface 
responding correctly. What's more, 
It didn't multitask, so any results 
that were usually produced by 
clicking on gadgets could be 
performed only when selection 
was complete and the mouse 
button was released. 



"You'll soon come to 

realise that 

Interface is actually 

quite logical' 



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And then along came Interface. 
Devised by Europress Software, 
Interface is a very clever (and 
potentially very powerful) AMAL-like 
sub-language which Europress built 
into AMOS Professional. Interface 
was designed specifically for the 
task of handling front ends within 
your applications. Indeed, Europress 
was so pleased with Interface that it 
actually used it to create all the 
various gadgets and requesters built 
into the AMOS Professional editor. 
The program is a brilliant idea, 
but it is let down by an unnecessarily 
complicated manual. The aim of this 
article is to spare you the frustration 
of having to work your way through it, 
and concentrate on everything you 
need to know in order to create a 
working front end, consisting of 
buttons and a file requester-like 
active list controlled by a scroll 
gadget. Incidentally, a demonstration 
program of the material covered 
within this two-part tutorial can be 
found on this month's Amiga 
Shopper Shareware Collection cover 
disk. Load it into your copy of AMOS 
Professional - experiment with it and 
then study the source code. 

TOUCH ME! 

Interface is in fact very similar to the 
AMOS animation language, AMAL. 
Like AMAL, Interface 'programs' run 
under interrupt, therefore leaving 
your program to run at full speed 
regardless of how complex your 
front end is. In order to get some 
form of feedback from your user 



interface, all you have to do is to 
check the status of all the various 
gadgets that you've defined. 

User interfaces are defined by 
writing mini-programs using 
Interface's own built-in programming 
language. This language is what 
makes Interface look so complicated 
- if you break through the jargon and 
take a good look at what it does 
though, you'll soon come to realise 
that it is actually quite logical. Each 
type of gadget is defined using a 
single statement with conditions that 
control what happens when the 
gadget is selected by the user. For 
example, if you wanted to have a 
gadget on the screen that the user 
could click on to load a file, it could 
be defined simply by including the 
Interface 'Button' command within 
your Interface program. 

Interface programs are written 
into your AMOS programs in exactly 
the same way as AMAL programs. 
Every line of Interface code for a 
particular Interface program must be 
assigned to a single string variable 
that is passed to the Interface 
commands that make use of them. 

DIGITAL MESSENGER 

So where do we start? Well, the best 
way is to take a look at the various 
AMOS commands that are required 



INTERFACE RULES 



Interface programs have a very strict 
format that must be adhered to in 
order for your own programs to work 
correctly. Here's a quick rundown of 
the five commandments, according 
to Interface law. Learn them well, 
and you should have no problems 
with your programming. 

1. All Interface programs must be 
entered into strings. Because the 
Interface language is separate from 
the AMOS instruction set, your 
Interface program must be assigned 
to a string variable that passes the 



program to the Interface control 
commands in AMOS 

2. Each Interface instruction consists 
of two upper case letters - for 
example, the 'BU' instruction that is 
used to create a button gadget. Any 
characters that are entered in lower 
case are ignored, so you're free to 
use the space not only to add 
comments, but also to make the 
Interface commands themselves 
more readable by extending them 
within lower case characters - 
Button, for example. 



to set up your user interface and 
then monitor any gadgets that are 
selected - we'll cover the Interface 
language later on. 

The easiest way to create a front 
end using Interface is with the 
'Dialog Open' (or 'Dialog Box') 
command that opens a 
communication channel between 
your AMOS program and the 
Interface program that you've written. 
AMOS' Interface communication 
channels are very similar to the 



TALKATIVE GADGETS 



Executing an Interface program that contains lots of lovely gadgets is all 
very well and good, but even the most sophisticated user interface is 
relatively useless unless your AMOS program can detect when the user 
clicks on to your gadgets. Contrary to popular belief (and judging by the 
comments in your letters, you wouldn't believe the number of people that 
have encountered problems with this!), detecting the selection of an 
Interface gadget is very simple indeed. 

All you need to do is to read the value returned by the 'Rdialog' 
instruction. Each and every gadget that you define returns its own values, so 
you must specify the gadget that you're interested in when using the Rdialog 
command. As a result of this, every gadget must be checked individually if 
you wish to keep track of any possible gadget selections. This can be made 
considerably easier though by using a FOR. ..NEXT loop that runs through 
each gadget in turn, finding out whether it has been selected since the last 
time you checked it. In order to pinpoint an individual gadget, Rdialog needs 
to be told the number of the communication channel that reads the gadget 
followed by the number of the gadget. Here's an example. 



A » RdialogU,3) 

The above example 
would return the 
status of gadget 
number three through 
communication 
channel 1. The 
resulting value is then 
placed into the 
variable 'A' which can 
then be 'interrogated' 
to work out whether 



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message ports used by ARexx - like 
ARexx, the communication channel 
essentially acts as a link between 
two completely separate processes - 
think of it as a telephone line, if you 
wish. Without this link, your Interface 
program would be completely 
separate from your AMOS program 
and it would be impossible to get any 
form of feedback from your various 
gadgets. Although they would still 
work (buttons would be highlighted 
and scroll gadgets would scroll), 
your program would be totally 
unaware of such activity. 

Interface doesn't place any form 
of limitation on the number of 
communications channels that you 
create. Providing that you've got 
enough memory, you can open as 
many Interface ports as you like. 
Each port is controlled by assigning it 



"The easiest way to 

create a front end is 

with the Dialog 

Open command" 



a number. When you need to access 
that port later, all you do to specify 
the port that you're interested in is 
to state its number. The Dialog Open 
command also needs to be fed the 
name of the string variable that 
contains your Interface program. 
For example, 'Dialog Open l,a$" 
would create a communication 
channel numbered one, using an 
Interface program stored in the 
string variable 'a$'. 

The Dialog Open command 
doesn't actually run your Interface 
program, though. All it does is to 
initialise the communication port and 
to set up the Interface process ready 
to be run. To get your Interface 
program running, you need to use 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



AMOS 



3. Each and every command must 
be terminated by a semi-colon (;). 
Interface uses semi-colons to 
separate commands, so you must 
always place a semi-colon character 
between each command. 

4. All Interface programs must be 
terminated with an 'EX' (exit) 
command. If AMOS fails to find an 
'EX - instruction, an error wilt 
automatically be produced. 

5. Always close down an Interface 
program once it has served its 
purpose. If you keep a redundant 
Interface program running, it will just 
eat up memory and slow down the 
performance of your machine. 



the 'Dialog Run' command. Dialog 
Run only needs one parameter - the 
number of the communication port 
that your Interface program has been 
assigned to. If everything went OK, 
issuing a command such as 



your keyboard doesn't respond too 

well in direct mode 
as a result. 

PIECE OF STRING 

Now we know how to launch an 
Interface program, we need to learn 

how to actually write the program in 
the first place. As we've already 
discovered, Interface programs are 



'Each program can 

have an almost 

unlimited number 

of gadgets" 



embedded into your AMOS program 
by defining a string variable that is 
used to pass the Interface program 
to the 'Dialog Open' command. 
Entering an Interface program into a 
string variable is exactly the same as 




Although 

Interface programs 

run separately from AMOS, your 

programs can talk to them through special 

communication channels 



'Success = Dialog Run(l)' would 
start the Interface program running. 
The 'Success' variable can be used 
afterwards to find out whether the 
program ran OK. 

Finally, you can turn off an 
Interface program using the 'Dialog 
Close' command. Dialog Close must 
always be used in order to free up 
the memory and close the channel 
used by your Interface program. Try 
not to break out of a program while 
an Interface program is still running, 
too - if you do, you may find that 



assigning a value to any variable. All 
you have to do is to specify the name 
of the variable (a$, for example) 
followed by the assignment. For 
example, 'a$=" EX;"' would assign 
the simplest Interface program 
you could possibly write to the 
variable 'a$'. 

Creating gadgets within your 
Interface programs is quite 
straightforward. Each program can 
have an almost unlimited number of 
gadgets, which are individually 
recognised using a unique gadget 



number. Several gadgets can share 

the same gadget number, but I can't 

really see the value in this feature. 

Possibly the most basic gadget you 

could create is a 

button. A button is 

simply a 

rectangular area of 

the screen that is 

marked as a 

'hots pot'. When 

you click the left 

mouse button 

within this area, 

the button is 

selected. 

Buttons are 

created using 

the 'BU' 

command. If 

you want to 

make your 

Interface 

program a 

little clearer, you can quite 

easily write the BU command as 

'Button'. As Interface only 

recognises upper case characters, 



will be incremented) and the 
minimum and maximum values for 
this initial value. If the value 
increases to the maximum specified, 
AMOS Pro will automatically reset it 
to the minimum. Once all these 
settings have 



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the 'tton' part of the word will be 
ignored - so you could even write 
'BUrp' if you wanted (and could 
remember what it stood for!). Don't 
include any of the extra letters in 
upper case though (by keying in 
BUTTON, for example). If you do, an 
error will be produced. 

The Button command needs a 
number of different parameters - the 
button number, its x and y position 
on the screen, its width and height 
(expressed as screen pixels), an 
initial value for the button (each time 
the button is 'pressed', this value 



been made, a separate set of 
Interface commands enclosed within 
square brackets are used to tell 
AMOS how to draw the gadget on the 
screen. Without these instructions, 
the button will be invisible, although 
it will still work. A second set of 
square brackets can also contain a 
list of Interface instructions which 
are to be executed once the button 
has been selected. You could, for 
example, quit out of the Interface 
program straight away simply by 
enclosing the 'ButtonQuit' command 
f BQ' for short). ^ 



NEXT MONTH 

If all this talk of communication channels and button numbers has you 
panting for more, then stay tuned for next month's AMOS Action when 
we'll be taking a look at Active Lists and Scroll gadgets. Meanwhile, why 
not check out the Interface demo on this month's cover disk? 



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Time... Have you ever 
noticed how life's full of It - 
but these days there never 
seems to be enough to go 
around? Now, Just when you 
thought ft was safe to go back to 
your computer, the ghost in your 
startup-sequence is back with a 
vengeance. Pest 3 can be 
programmed to pop up and remind 
you of any appointment at any 
specified time (accurate to within a 
minute or so, depending on 
processor load) and it won't even 
run down your battery. Pest 3 will 
run on any Amiga with AmigaDOS 2 
(or above) and a real-time clock, A 
very powerful Workbench 3 specific 
version has been included for those 
lucky enough to have such luxuries. 
Before launching headlong into a 
discussion of this latest Pest, it's 
worthwhile recounting how the 
original worked. Pest relies on 
reading the date from the internal 
BB-RTC and comparing it with a 
known date held in a file. Pest 3, in 
its most basic form, works in a 
different fashion - more like an event 
clock: you set a timed event, some 
time in the future, and Pest will 
"wake up" on (or slightly after) that 
event. The basic function is ail based 
on a little used feature of the 
AmigaDOS WAIT command: here is 
the command's complete template: 

wait /N, sec=secs/s, J 

MIN=MINS/S, DNTIL/K: 

The part we are interested in 
here is the keyword UNTIL This 
forces WAIT to halt any CLI process 
until a specified time - rather than 
FOR a specified time interval. Times 
are entered in 24 hour clock using 
the following format: 

HH;MM 



exact time entered depends on what 
time you are trying this): 

1>WAIT UNTIL 4:24 

This example sets a time when 




command in its own sub-Shell like 
this: 

1>RUN WAIT UNTIL 5:00 
[CLI 3] 



While this 
system is perfect 
for many 

commands, it has 
no real practical 
purpose when 
used directly with 
WAIT. Several 
problems occur 
in fact: 

• When RUN 
spawns the sub- 



Pest events can be listed using 
the supplied utility 

most sane folk are tucked up in bed 
and only the most dedicated 
computer freaks are excitedly 
bashing at keyboards. However, it is 
most likely your Shell has just frozen 
and gone to sleep. You could reset 
the machine now, or even wait until 
half-four in the morning - but a much 
more sensible approach would be to 
stop the command. Press CTRL and 
C together to "break" WAIT's effect. 
Now let's put some more theory 
into practice. Start a new Shell 
(either from the existing one or 
Workbench, it doesn't matter for 
this). In the second Shell, which I'll 
call CLI 2 here, enter this: 

2>WAIT UNTIL 5:00 

Now click back in the first Shell 

and enter this: 

1> STATUS COMMAND WAIT 
2 

Notice how AmigaDOS responds 






LISTING 1 


• LISTING 1 


• LISTING 1 • 


LISTING 1 


Listing 1: Pest 3 - 


AmigaDOS 3 basic version 




1. 


.key time/a. 


Message 






2. 


.def Message 


"Wake up - time to die" 




3. 


■bra t 








4. 


.ket } 








5. 


run <NIL: >NIL: wait until 


{time} + 




e. 


RequestChoice >NIL: "Peat" 


" {Message} ■ "OK" 





So, examples of valid times are 
9:00; 12:00; 15:04 and so on. 

(Using the DATE command 
reveals that AmigaDOS counts time 
in seconds too, but an exact 
seconds count cannot be guaranteed 
because of constraints imposed by 
the multi-tasking environment. It is 
possible to write a program which will 
get very close - but this is unlikely to 
be of any real benefit and in itself 
would hog too much processor time.) 

So much for the theory then; 
what happens in practice? Try 
entering an example like this (the 



with the number of the CLI (Shell) 
process which is running WAIT? 

Experienced AmigaDOS users 
already know how to start a new 



If an 
event time has passed, 
Pest warns you and lets you view It 

process there is no way to signal 
back to the main process the WAIT 
command has completed. 

• The WAIT state cannot be broken 
directly from the keyboard with 
CTRL+C - try it. 

Taking this one step further by 
removing the "[CLI #]" message 
causes its own problems. Try this: 

1>RUN >NIL: WAIT UNTIL J 
5-00-00 

Everything seems to go according 
to plan but the error in the command 
line is not reported and WAIT does 
not start. Now to add insult to injury, 
here's the final fly in the ointment. 
Start a new Shell and enter this (for 
the sake of clarity. Shell's output 
has been shown): 

1>RUN WAIT UNTIL 3:00 

[CLI 4J 

1>ENDCLI 

Cli Process 4 ending 



LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 • LISTING 2 • 


LISTING 2 


Listing 2: Pest 3 - AmigaDOS 2 basic version 




1. .key time/a, Message 




2. .def Message "Wake up - time to die" 




3. .bra { 




4. .ket } 




5. run <NIL: >NIL: wait until {time} + 




6. echo >pipe:A{SS) "{Message}" + 




7. more pipe:A{$$} 





No matter what you do, Shell 4 
will not go away! In fact, this Shell 
window will stay open until the WAIT 
command has completed or is 
forcibly stopped. 

All this discussion may seem far 
removed from Pest- but in truth it is 
all inextricably intertwined. The last 
two examples illustrate the events 
possible if Pest were started from 
from the initial Shell window: 
therefore some kind of error 
checking will be required. 

YOUR BASIC PEST 

The most basic version of Pest 3 
forms a simple, message-based, 
alarm clock and may be sufficient for 
many needs. It could 
be run from a startup- 
sequence because a 
special technique 
has been used to 
allow the machine 
to start normally - 
more of that in a 
moment. Two 
versions are 
supplied here: 
one for AmigaDOS 
3 and a less 
elegant version for 
AmigaDOS 2. The AmigaDOS 3 
version in particular can be run 
several times from the User-startup 
to warn of regular timed events - 
lunch, Star Trek or Coronation Street 
tor instance... None of the simple 
scripts listed here does any error 
checking on the time format, so it is 
up to you to get it right. Nevertheless 
they will not interfere with the 
machine's normal running: I have 
several Pest 3.0 alerts running while 
I'm writing this text. 

HOW IT WORKS: 
LISTING 1 

Let's examine the simplest Pest first 
- the one constructed for AmigaDOS 
3: it shows the most important 
techniques without the extra fuss 
required for other versions. Pest 3 
should be created and saved as Pest 
giving it the following synopsis: 

[EXECUTE] Pest <time> J 
[Message] 

EXECUTE is shown in brackets 
because it is more usual to set the 
script's "S" bit and call it like a 
normal command. Assuming this has 
been done you can call Pest from 
User-startup like this: 

Pest 16:47 "Close all files J 
- Star Trek is about to J 
start cm Sky 1" 

Note that the quotes around the 
message are required by the syntax 
but do not actually print out on 
screen as part of the message. 

You can set one or more time 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



AMIGADOS 



events from any Shell like this: 

l>Pest 18: 00 "Looks like J 
you missed Star Trek then..." 

- although these events wilt be 
destroyed by a reset. Here's a blow- 
by-blow description of how it works. 

1. Defines the argument template. 
This will force the user into entering 
a time, but the message you want to 
display is optional. 

2. Sets the default message string - 
you can enter any default message 



for further command lines. Many 
commands can be chained in this 
way - when the last command line is 
encountered (the first one without 
the +), RUN actually starts. Some 
explanation is needed here: 

1>R0N DIR + 
1>LIST 

[CLI 2] 

is similar to: 

1>NEWSHELL 



JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING 



BB-RTC - Battery-backed-up real-time clock. The internal hardware-based 
clock located inside most Amigas in current use. The necessary 
electronics are included on many of the 'trapdoor' expansions for 
early A500 machines. 



mwm 



Mark 



here. (The quote used in the listing is 
from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.) 
3-4. Re-define the bra and ket 
characters from the default < and > 
to { and }. 

5. This is a special syntax of the 
RUN command - little used but very 
useful for Pest. Two re-direction 
operators - < and > - send input and 
output to the NIL: device. This stops 
the sub-process started by RUN from 
getting hold of the current console 
handles. If this were allowed to 
happen, the CLI window would stay 
open until the command is 
completed - and this is very messy. 
At the end of the string a "+" is 
used. This tells RUN to halt and wait 



2>DIR 
2 > LIST 

but not the same as: 

1>RUN DIR 
[CLI 2] 
1>RUN LIST 
[CLI 3] 



In this last example you 
can see how each RUN starts a 
completely new Shell process and 
this is the key. You can enter these 
examples to see the effect - it works 
on all versions of AmigaDOS. 
6. Starts the new process structure 
opened at Step 5 and places 





features 



to the infamous Pest AmigaDOS 
appointment scheduler 



RequestChoice in the 

command list. This line is 
not executed until the WAIT 
command times out (or is 
broken), and then a requester 
appears with your message and a 
single OK box. Re-direction to NIL: is 
used here to prevent RequestChoice 
from reporting the gadget return 
(always for this script). However, 
since the process has been started 
in the background (RUN) the script is 
completed and exits normally back to 



the calling Shell (or startup-sequence 
script, as the case may be). 

HOW IT WORKS: 
LISTING 2 

1-5. Work in exactly the same way 
as described above. 

6. Adds the command line to the 
RUN list - the process is not started 
here. When WAIT times out, the 
message is sent to a named pipe 
which is processed... 

7. ...here. This starts the RUN 



LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 • LISTING 3 



Listing 3: SetPestEvent 

.key time /a, Message, day /k 
. def Message "Brrrrrrrring" 
.bra { 
.ket } 

if {day} not eq "" 
date >T:TPToday 
search >KIL: trTPToday "{day} 
if warn 

delete >nil 
skip out 
endif 

delete >NIL: t 
endif 

echo s-env:edt{$$} " {time}" len=? 
echo >env:hrs{$$} "$edt{$$} « J 

first=l len 2 
echo >env:mns{$$} "$edt{S$} " J 

first =4 len 2 
echo >env:apm{$$} "$edt{$$} " J 

first=6 len 2 
set hrs ?hrs{$$} 
set hour $hrs 
set mns $mns{$$} 
set mins $mns 
set apm $apm{$$} 
if $apm NOT EQ "am" 

set apm "pm" 
endif 
if val $hrs GT 12 



t:TPToday 



:TPToday 

" {time}" 
"$edt{$$} 



RequestChoice >NIL: "Pest" "Enter J 
time 12-heur (am/pm) clock*nEg. 
12 :40pm; 10 : 20am*n'pm' is default" "OK" 

quit 5 
endif 
if val $mns GT 59 

RequestChoice >NIL: "Pest" "Error: J 
there are only £0 minutes in an J 
hour!" "tJmmm..." 
quit 5 
endif 
if "Sapm" EQ "pm" 

if val Shrs HOT QT 11 
aval ($hrs + 12) mod 24 to 
env:hrs{$$} 

set hrs $hrs{$$} 
endif 
endif 

if "Sarin" EQ "am" 
if val $hrs EQ 12 

set hrs 
endif 
endif 

set EventTime $hrs$ninB 
date >T:TimeNcw 

echo to T:EdTime "2(dta/ /);2>;#;2>;3#" 
edit T:TimeNow with T:EdTime to J 

env:TimeHow 
if val $EventTime NOT GT $TimeNow 
RequestChoice >env.RQ{$$} "Pest" J 
"Requested event time: [time} has J 



already passed. "nShould I wait until J 
tomorrow?" "Yes" "What was it?" J 
"Forget It" 

if $RQ{$$} EQ "0" 

skip out 
endif 
if $RQ{$$} EQ "2" 

RequestChoice >NIL: "Pest J 
Override Message" "{Message}" "OK" 
skip out 
endif 
endif 
echo >env:hms{$§} " $hour:$mins$apm" J 

len=7 
eval $PestEvent +1 to env : PestEvent 
resident name =wait$ PestEvent J 

file=c:wait add 
echo "Event $PestEvent set at J 

$ hour : $mins$ apm [$hrs: $mns) " 
echo <NIL; >HNV:Pvent$ Pest Event J 
"$PeBtEvent.*e[I$hms{$$}*e[I*e[32m++J • 

Active++*e [31m*e[I{Message}" 
run <NIL: >NIL: wait$PestEvent until J 

$hrs : $mns + 
execute >NIL: KillPestEvent $FestJ 

Event "+Camplete+" sys=QtllT + 
RequestChoice >NIL: "Pest 'date'" J 

"{Message}" "OK" + 
Resident wait$PestSvent remove 
lab out 

(For how this works, don't miss next issue!) 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



AMIGADOS 



process opened at Step 5 and allows 
the script to complete. When 
execution arrives here (after WAIT is 
complete) the current contents of the 
pipe are displayed using more. 

AFTER DARK 

This is OK if you like using the 24- 
hour clock - but it might be more 
convenient to use AM and PM 
instead. This makes things a little 
more fraught because the time has 
to be split into three separate 
arguments, converted into 24-hour 
format. There are many variations on 
this theme, but space is too limited 
to go into any detail so we have 
listed the most powerful Workbench 
3 version here. This version actually 
splits into three modules: the first 
(and largest) sets the events, the 
second and third perform 
housekeeping functions. Here's what 
they do: 

[EXECUTE] SetPestEvent J 
<time> [Message] J 
[Day=<daynameldate>] 



validity in this version, but you can 
use partial dates like this: 

SetPestEvent 9:00am "First J 

of the month today, huh?" J 

day=. n l-" 
SetPestEvent 9:30am "It's J 

March! " day="Mar-93" 
SetPestEvent 12:30pm "ValenJ 

tines day" day="14-Peb" 

[EXECUTE] ListPestEvents 

This module lists all the events 
set since the last reset and their 
status under the following headings: 

Event - the event number (assigned 

by SetPest Event - that is, 

Listing 3). 
Time - the time the event is set for. 
Status - the event's status: Active, 

Completed or Deleted. 
Message - the message associated 

with the event. 



[EXECUTE] 
<number> 



KillPestEvent J 
[Message] [Sys] 



LISTING 4 • LISTING 4 • LISTING 4 • LISTING 4 



Listing 4: ListPestEvents 

1. .key none 

2. .bra { 

3. .ket } 

4. echo >T:templ.{$$} "Event*e[ITime*e[:r.statias J 
*e [message" 

5. list env;FVent#? 1 format 
to T;temp{$$} 

6. execute t;temp{$$) 

7. type t : tempi. {$$} 
6. delete t:temp{$$} quiet 
9. delete t:templ. {$§} quiet 



"type > >T : tempi. {$$} %s%s" J 



This is the main module and can 
be called at any time, including 
during a startup-script to set a timed 
event. Time is entered in 12-hour 
clock with AM/PM added optionally 
to define morning or afternoon - PM 
is assumed if nothing is specified. 
Other than available memory, there 
is no limit to the number of events 
that can be set. Examples: 

SetPestEvent 10:00am J 

"Tea break" 
SetPestEvent 12:00pm J 

"Time for lunch" 
SetPestEvent 5:30 "Time J 

to go home" 
SetPestEvent 6:00 "Star J 

Trek on BBC 2" day=Wednesday 
SetPestEvent 3:30 "Go to J 

dentist" day="12-Mar-93" 

If the specified event time has 
already passed, Pest will warn you 
and give the option to view the 
message or wait anyway - this can 
be done to set an event up to 23 
hours into the future. An optional day 
name or date can be specified to set 
the event on any particular day or 
date. Dates are not checked for 



The final module is used to 
delete any running Pest event. 
Although events can be deleted 
directly, it is more polite to do it 
using this script. This will ensure the 



active status of all events is kept up 
to date. The number of the event to 
break is displayed by ListPestEvents 
and the SYS and MESSAGE 
arguments are reserved for use by 
the Pest system. 

HOW THEY WORK 

There is not enough room here to 
describe the largest module - 
SetPestEvent, Listing 3 - here. We'll 
cover that next month, along with 
some suggestions for conversion to 
Amiga DOS 2 (and if we get enough 
letters asking for it, AmigaDOS 1.3). 

HOW IT WORKS: 
LISTING 4 

1-3. Sets template and re-defines 
bra and ket. Mote the template is a 
dummy but it must be present to 
force AmigaDOS to parse the script 
correctly. 

4. Creates a temporary file with the 
heading for the printout. Mote the 
string "*e[l" is a tab character. 

5. Lists all the global environmental 
variables starting with "PVerrT. One 
of these is created for every event. 
This creates a script with a format 
like this: 



TYPE 
TYPE 
TYPE 



»T: tempi 
>>T:templ 
>>T:templ 



env:PVent3 
env:FVentl 
env:FVent2 



...and so on... 

S. Runs the script created at Step 5. 

The output from this is tacked on to 

the header and creates a list of the 

current events. See the description 

of SetPestEvent (Listing 3) for the 

format of these. 

7. Displays the list of current events 

created at Step 6. if you use Pesf a 

lot, you might consider changing 

TYPE for MORE, 

8-9. Delete the temporary files and 

free up some memory. 



LISTING 5 • LISTING 5 • LISTING 5 • LISTING 5 



Listing 5: KillPestEvent 

1. .key Event/a, message, sys 

2. .bra { 

3. ,ket } 

4. ,def Message "++Deleted+" r 

5. status >T:Kill{$$} commands Wait {Event} 

6. if not warn 

7. break <T:kill{$$> >.NIL: all ? 

8. echo "Bang J Event: {Event} bites the dust" 

9. else 

10. echo "Error: That event has not been set?" 

11. if "{sys}" EQ ■■ 

12. skip end 

13 . endif 

14. endif 

15. echo >T;Kill{$S) "F/ {Event) ./;pa/ ;/; pa/[I/»15#,- J 
B//{Message}//" 

16. if exists env:PVent{ Event) 

17. edit env:PVent{ Event) with T:Kill{$$) 

18. endif 

19. lab end 

20. delete Tskill{$$) quiet 



HOW IT WORKS: 
LISTING 5 

1-3. Define the argument template 
and re-define the bra and ket 
characters. 

4. Sets the default message 
parameter. This occurs when 
KillPestEvent is called by a user - 
SetPestMessage sends its own 
message. 

5. Checks the status of a WAIT 
command numbered by the event 
number. If this exists it is sent to the 
file "T:KiU"; if not, the WARN 
condition is set. 

6. Checks If the WARN flag was clear 
(if the WAIT exists). If it is, execution 
continues at Step 7; otherwise it 
jumps to Step 9. 

7. Uses an interactive break to stop 
the WAIT event checked at Step 5. 
Re-direction to NIL: prevents 
BREAK'S argument template 
appearing and messing up the 
display. 

8. This confirms the event has been 
deleted. 

9. Execution arrives here if the WAIT 
event was not found and continues... 

10. ...here, where it prints an error. 
{This error is not displayed by Set- 
PestEvent, even though it occurs.) 

12. Checks if the script was called 
by the Pest system (SYSo"") and if 
so, execution jumps to Step 14. 
Otherwise it continues at Step 13. 

13. Forces execution to jump to the 
label at Step 20. 

14. Terminates the IF.. .ENDIF 
construct opened at Step 12. 

15. Closes the IF.. .ELSE.. .ENDIF 
construct opened at Step 6. 

16. Writes an EDIT script - here it is 
in longhand: 

1. F/{Event}./ 

2. PA /:/ 

3. pa nil 

4. 15# 

5. B//{Message}/ 

or: 1. Find the line starting with the 
event number. 

2. Move the cursor after the ":" 
in the event time. 

3. Move the cursor after the next 
TAB. 

4. Delete 15 characters 

5. Insert the message at the 
current position plus a tab. 

17. Checks to make sure the Event 
global is available. 

18. Replaces the "++Active++" 
message in the global with the 
message defined at the command 
line. SetPestEvent sends 
"Completed" by default. 

19. Terminates the IF.. .ENDIF 
construct opened at Step 17, 

20. This marks an exit point if 
something has gone wrong earlier in 
the script. It is ignored otherwise. 

21. Deletes the temporary file and 
frees up some memory. QB 

• The source code for Pest can be 
found in the Source_Code directory 
of this issue's cover disk. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



COMMS 



Some months ago, I made 
an appeal to comms users 
for details of their favourite 
boards, in preparation for 
this feature. One bulletin board, Red 
Rose, seemed to feature very 
prominently in the replies I 
collected, so we'll use it as our 
example to give you the first In a 
series of behind the scenes looks at 
the world of bulletin boards. 

EARLY DAYS 

The Red Rose BBS (Bulletin Board 
System) first saw the light of day in 
December 1989, under the name of 
Preston Rose. At that time it was 
being operated on an Amstrad CPC 
6128, running CP/M. 









If you were paying attention in AS21 you will remember I 
reported on a proposed campaign by the Federation 
Against Software Theft and the European Leisure 
Software Publishers Association to require the licensing 
of all UK Bulletin Boards. Amiga Shopper brought you 
the news first, as usual, and pretty soon everyone who 
was anyone in the comms world was getting invofved. A 
lot of discussion went on around FidoNet, AmigaNet, 
Internet, and CIX, as a result of which an 
organisation to represent the on-line community in the 
UK is well on its way to being formed. The group, as yet 
unnamed, will work to promote the benefits of computer 



communications, encourage and support the free flow 
of information, try to increase public awareness of the 
technology involved, and not least protect the rights of 
the people who use it. A meeting was organised 
between representatives of both FAST and ELSPA, as 
well as members of the on-line community, with Emma 
Nicholson MP to discuss the issue of BBS Licensing. 
This resulted in FAST and ELSPA abandoning their plans 
for BBS regulation. I don't think they realised the depth 
of feeling they would stir up with this proposal, and 
hopefully they now have a greater understanding of how 
both BBSs and Sysops operate. 




CAUGHT IN THE NET 

Red Rose is a FidoNet Node, which 
means that the BBS is part of the 
FidoNet system. FidoNet is a network 
of BBSs, which pass information to 
each other. This information can take 
the form of mail messages, 
messages in specific conferences 
(Echomail areas), and so on. It is 



also possible to request files that 
are held on another BBS in the the 
network, and have them delivered to 
your computer by the wonders of 
comms. Currently there are over 
10,000 BBSs acting as FidoNet 
Nodes, which converts into many 
tens of thousands of individual 
users. As well as FidoNet, Tony is 
also running as an AmigaNet Node. 



Top: Monty Python, Red Dwarf, 

Terry Pratchett, and there's even 

some areas to talk about the 

Amiga! 

Bottom; lust some of the file areas 

available 

In April 1990 the computer changed 
to an Amiga 2000, and the name 
changed to Red Rose. 

Based in Preston, Lancashire 
(hence the board's original name) 
the BBS is in the very capable hands 
of Tony Walker. Tony is in his early 
forties, and first started his love 
affair with comms back in 1986, with 
a lowly Amstrad CPC 464 computer 
and a very slow V21/V23 modem. 
Things are a bit different now; the 
Red Rose of the nineties is based 
around a 68030-powered Amiga 
2000 boasting 9.5Mb RAM and a 
220Mb hard disk, coupled with a 
very fast Courier HST modem. 



he Board 

^Walk 

Dove Winder reveals his best 
bulletin board secrets in the first 
of a new series on going on-line 



JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING * JARGON BUSTING 



FidoNet - A worldwide network of BBS systems. 

AmigaNet - A new network much like FidoNet, only 
much smaller. 

Node - Part of the FidoNet/AmigaNet system. 

Internet - A network of computer systems, comprising 
of universities, commercial sites etc. Much larger 

than FidoNet, comprising over 800,000 sites. 

BBS - Bulletin Board System. 

V21 - Put simply, a speed of 300 bits per second. 

V23 - 1200/75 bits per second. Mainly used for 
Viewdata systems such as Prestel. 



V32bls - A speed of 14,400 bps. Currently the fastest 
available. 

HST - High Speed Technology. A proprietary error control 
system used by Miracom. 

V.Fast - A proposed standard of 28,800 bits per 
second. 

V32.turbo - Another proposed standard, of 19,200 bits 
per second. 

Echomail - An area to talk about a specific subject, a 
public conference, on a FidoNet system. 

Sysop - System Operator, the person whorunstheBBS. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



COMMS 



NEWS UPDATE ...NEWS UPDATE ... NEWS UPDATE 



Good news for those of us who just can't seem to get 
enough speed out of the network. Faster modems are 
just around the corner - faster than HST and faster 
than V32bis. Currently the fastest you can expect from a 
top of the range V32bis modem Is 14,400 bits per 
second. The new modems will be using a standard 
known as V.Fast which will have a top speed of 28,800 
ops. This sort of speed won't be actually achievable 
over most standard phone lines just yet, though. The 



best speed we could expect to get in the UK would be 
around 19,200 Dps - which is still an impressive rate. 
Transatlantic calls will probably not be much quicker 
than the existing V32bis standard. V.Fast has some 
competition from a rival group of manufacturers who are 
pressing forward with a standard known as V32. turbo. 
This is expected to have a top speed of 19,200 bps, so 
look out for commercial warfare if and when these 
modems hit the streets. 




Will Wavey Davey take over the 
entire universe? 

AmigaNet is very similar to FidoNet in 
principle {see the Jargon Busting Box 
for more detail on the two networks), 
but it is much younger, and is 
primarily based in the USA. 

WHY RED ROSE? 

Red Rose boasts a wide selection of 
message areas, with topics to satisfy 
most people's curiosity. As you can 
see from the screenshots on the 
previous page, there are plenty of 
areas to choose from. 

Most of these areas are very 
busy indeed, and because FidoNet is 
a global network you can exchange 
views with fellow enthusiasts 
worldwide. The disadvantage of a 
system like FidoNet over, say, CIX 
{Compulink Information exchange), is 
that because messages are 
transferred between systems all over 
the place to get them read, it can be 
some time before a reply to your 
point is received. On CIX, a reply can 
be almost instant, as everyone is 



calling into the same 
central system. 

But it's not all 
just talk; as you 
would expect from 
any decent BBS, 
there are plenty of 
interesting files to 
download as well. 
The file areas of 
Red Rose have a 
distinctly down-to- 
earth feel about 
them, chiefly 
because Tony 
likes to 
discourage 
uploads of 
games and demos in favour 
of concentrating on promoting Red 
Rose as a serious place to be. Oh, 
and don't even consider joining and 
asking for access to the 'elite' areas 
(not that any Amiga Shopper readers 
would, of course}, as Tony operates 
a strictly-enforced no piracy policy. 
As with any serious BBS, there 
are some restrictions on the number 
of files you can download. This has 
to be done to prevent the system 



being picked clean by file vultures 
who join boards just to grab files and 
not actually participate in any way. 
Currently you can download at a ratio 
of 5:1 - that is, 5 files for every 1 
you upload. There is also a limit of 
30 minutes a day on-line time to non- 
subscribers. If you are looking for 
something in particular which isn't 
available on Red Rose, there is even 
a file request area where you can 
have a file hunted down for you. 
If you really must play games 
over the telephone, then Red Rose 
has not forgotten you. There is a 
rather good Space Empire game 
available for budding Emperors of the 
Universe. As you can see from the 
screenshot on the left, "His 
Waveyness" (that's me) is ranked at 
number 6 in the Galaxy at the 
moment, but I'm sure you could do a 
lot better than that! 

FUTURE PLANS 

Tony is forever looking at ways in 
which to improve the service that 
Red Rose offers, and that can only 
be good news for you. Within the last 
few weeks he has taken the plunge 



and changed the system that his 
BBS runs under from TransAmigato 
Xenotink BBS software. Xenotink is a 
system 1 have not had much 
experience of, but I am sure that it 
won't take too long to get used to. A 
second telephone line is high on 
Tony's list of improvements, together 
with more hard disk storage space. 
Tony would also like to introduce CD- 
ROM storage for Red Rose, although 
admittedly this is some way off yet. 

A SMALL PRICE TO PAY 

Most BBSs are run by enthusiasts 
for no profit at all, and Red Rose is 
no exception. The only way that 
enhancements can continue to be 
made is if users support the board 
and its Sysop. Red Rose offers an 
attractive subscriber service, 
although Tony is quick to point out 
there is no pressure on anyone to 
subscribe unless they want to. A 
subscription costs just £15 per year, 
and that increases your on-line time 
from 30 to 90 minutes a day. Also, 
the file download ratio is greatly 
improved, from 5:1 to 100:1. The 
message is pretty clear; if you use 
this BBS (or any BBS for that matter) 
and you like it, then support it as 
much as you can. The benefits are 
mutually attractive, f^ 



> CONTACT POINT ^ 

Dave Winder, better known as 
Wavey Davey, can be contacted 
by E-Mail as: 



dwindera@cix.compulink.co.uk 



Sysop: Tony Walker 
Telephone: 0772 652212 
Hours: 24 hours a day, every day 
Speeds: All speeds up to and 
including V32bis. as well as HST 
FidoNet: 2:252/309.0 
AmigaNet: 39:137/1.0 



GOING ON-LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME 



So you like the look of Red Rose (or any BBS for that 
matter), but don't have a clue as to how to actually log 
on? Fear not, Wavey Davey is here to help. 

First of all you will need to make sure your terminal 
software Is correctly set up. Once you have started your 
program of choice, make sure it is communicating with 
your modem by typing AT. You should get a reply of OK if 
your modem is switched on and the Amiga is talking to it. 
Next, drop into the seriaf preferences menu and ensure 
that you have the following options set: 

Bits = Eight 
Parity = None 
Stop Bits = One 
Handshaking = RTS/CTS 

Next, you will need to enter the telephone number of the 
BBS into the 'phone book' of your terminal software, and 
then just ask to dial that number. 

You'il know when you are connected to the board, as 
your modem will stop ringing and start making a few nice 
bleeps. When it comes back with a message saying 
"connected" or similar, press the [RETURN] key to get 
things moving. Many boards require you to press the 
[ESC] key a couple of times as well, or wait for 20 
seconds or so. You will then be greeted with a welcome 



screen, and a prompt asking for your name. If you are a 
new user it won't have you in its log and will ask if you 
are new to the BBS. You will then need to answer a short 
questionnaire about yourself and your equipment. Just 
follow the instructions, and be honest. Usually the BBS 
will want to know your name and address and telephone 
number. If there are questions of a technical nature that 
you are unsure of, just press [RETURN] and select the 
default. Nine times out of ten this will work OK for you. 

Once you have been accepted as a new member of 
the BBS, check out the menus and head straight for the 
files that tell you about the board and what is expected 
of you while visiting. Also, mail the Sysop before leaving, 
just to let him know you are there and give him feedback 
on what you think of the BBS. 

Don't give a false name or address - these things 
are always checked out, and you will only find your 
access denied next time you try and log on. Do observe 
the rules of the BBS; they are there for a reason. 

Above all else, remember that we all went through 
the pains of logging on to a BBS for the very first time; 
don't worry about looking tike an idiot, because nobody 
will think that. You will find that the wonderful world of 
comms is just full to the brim with people who are more 
than willing to help you every step of the way. Enjoy it - 
that's what it's there for! 



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Photon Paint II + 700 Clip Art pits 89.99 

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Joystick + 10 blank discs 15.98 

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IB Trumpcord 42MB HD 279.99 Microbolics VXL30 25MHz 219.99 

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A500 Rom Sharer 2.04 38.95 NIWEI CBM 2.1 upgrade kit 74.99 

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Video Master 49.49 Superbnse Pro 4 14199 ' 

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Directory Opus 4. 47.49 My *" "-90 

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XcopyPra.™ „^4.95 Premier Manager 15 

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PogesetUr 3 AGA „42.49 7-Oof, 1 5.99 

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Scola 500 64.49 

ScoloMM200 434.99 

ScddProl.13 173.50 

Sai>Anin.4D„ 198.99 

Spectra Colour 57.99 

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Broadcast Thk II 173.90 

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IVMFYo 68.99 

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So how's your ARexx coding 
coming along? If you've 
been following my column 
over the past few months, 
then the chances are that you're 
becoming fairly proficient at writing 
scripts that can take input from the 
user, Interpret command line 
arguments and manipulate strings 
and numbers. All pretty dandy stuff, 
but there's still one limiting factor - 
any ARexx script is only as useful 
as the Information that you feed to 
it In the first place. Or, to be more 
precise, the more Information you 
are able to feed to a script, the 
more you'll get out of It. 



"Any Arexx script is 

only as useful as 

the information you 

feed to it" 



This month we will be extending 
our ARexx scripts by allowing them to 
process information stored within 
external files, and even write to files 
themselves. Adding some form of file 
handling facility to your ARexx scripts 
will make them much more useful to 
you. Although it is possible to code 
an ARexx script that gets the job 
done without having to resort to 
file handling, the resulting script 
is usually pretty limited in its 
scope. Imagine a script that 
processed a list of names and 
addresses - if all the information to I 
be processed was 'hard coded' into 
the script, it wouldn't really be a lot 
of use. OK, it would do the job, but if 
you then wanted to process a 
different set of names and 
addresses, you would have to code 
the whole thing again. 

Adding file handling to an ARexx 
script will also allow you to code your 
own AmigaDOS commands without 
having to resort to complicated 
programming languages such as C or 
assembler. In fact, very few of the 
existing AmigaDOS commands 
couldn't have been coded in ARexx, 
so it's a perfect choice if you need to 
code an AmigaDOS command that 
isn't already available. Thanks to its 
powerful string manipulation 
functions (we covered most of them 
last month), ARexx makes short work 
of processing complex files. 

OPEN WIDE 

Like most programming languages, 
ARexx relies entirely on what are 
known as 'file pointers' in order for it 
to gain access to any file within your 
script. Unlike lesser languages 
though, ARexx doesn't restrict you to 
a meaningless index number. 











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fundamentals of ARexx programming, 
managing to answer a few of the 
more common questions that 
beginners ask along the way. It 
covers in quite some detail the 


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One section that 1 was 
ARexx books are still few and far Amiga using a variety of different particularly impressed with was the 
between, but a new publication products including Word Perfect and chapter on debugging ARexx 
dedicated to everyone's favourite PageStream 2. programs, a subject that is often 
interprocess communications Although the ARexx Cookbook is ignored by ARexx book authors, 
language has recently been released a decidedly low-budget affair Callaway has done an excellent job 
by US book publishers, Whitestone. boasting no colour (even the cover is of explaining ARexx' Trace facilities in 

Written by Merril Callaway, The black and white), the quality of its plain English. 
ARexx Cookbook (ISBN No. 0- content more than compensates for The sections devoted to using 
9632773-0-8) has been written, the economical presentation. The ARexx to control third party 
designed and typeset entirely on the book starts by taking you through the applications is also very good, with 



Instead, you can refer to files using 
real names such as 'memberiist', 
'stock' or any name you wish to use. 
The use of file pointers may not be 
particularly obvious if your script only 
uses a single file, but they're a 
necessity when more than one file is 
used. In order for ARexx to know 
which file you're referring to when 
you ask it to perform an operation, 
you need to actually state which file 
it should use. 




Opening and then 
writing Information to a file from 
ARexx is very simple indeed 

And this is exactly what the file 
pointer is used for. 

The next stage is to gain access 
to a file. Opening it is 
straightforward; you simply ask 
ARexx to establish a communications 
link with a file that is held on disk. Of 
course, there may be cases where 
the file doesn't already exist (say, for 
example, you want the results of an 
operation on one file saved out to a 
new file). When this happens, ARexx 
creates a new file on disk and then 
establishes the communications link. 
Be careful though - if you tell ARexx 
to create a file that already exists, 
the old file will be deleted. 

The ARexx command to open a 
file is, quite simply, 'open'. Let's 
take a quick look at a snippet of 
code that shows it in action: 



/* Create a new file */ 

success = open! 'myf ile' , J 
'RAM:MyNewFile' , 'w' ) 
if success = then 

say 'tillable to open file' 
else 

close ( 'myf ile' ) 
exit 

For those of you with even 
the most basic 
understanding of ARexx, 
the above example 
should seem pretty 
straightforward. Let's 
look back and 
concentrate on the line 
that calls the open() 
function. As you can 
see, the open{) 
function needs three 
parameters, the first 
of which is the 
name that we wish to use 
as a file pointer, followed by the 
filename of the file that we're 
interested in, and finally, the mode. 
The mode parameter tells ARexx 
exactly what we'd like to do to the 
file once it has been opened. We 
can either read data from or write 
data to a file, so ARexx needs to 
instructed accordingly by the user 
passing either an V (short for 'read') 
or a 'w' (short for 'write') to the 
open{) function. 

APPEND TRICKS 

Just to make life a little more 
complicated, the open() function 
isn't just restricted to these two 
modes of operation. I won't go into 
too much detail for the moment, but 
the more advanced programmers 
among you may be interested to 
know that an 'append' mode can 
also be used by passing an 'a' to the 
mode parameter. Append mode 
allows you to write to a file without 
deleting its existing contents. 



One thing worth noting about the 
example we've just looked at is the 
check that is performed on the 
'success' variable. The value held 
within this variable is returned by the 
open() function and is used to find 
out whether the function managed to 
open the file that we asked for (in 
the case of our example script, the 
file was called 'RAM:MyNewFile') 
successfully, if it contains a value of 
1, then everything went to plan. If it 
contained 0, something went 
drastically wrong. Checking this 
variable is very important as you may 
crash your machine if you attempt to 
read or write to a file that failed to 
open. Not only that, but it's also 
good programming practice. 

Finally, note the call to the 
close() function. Whereas the open() 
command establishes the 
communication link with the fite in 
question, the close() function severs 
this link. Technically, you don't need 
to close a file once a script has 
finished doing its stuff (ARexx will 
automatically close it for you), but 



"The open function 
isn't just restricted 
to two modes of 
operation. 



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it's a good habit to get into. Not all 
programming languages are as polite 
as ARexx, so you may discover that 
files are suddenly inaccessible if 
they haven't been closed. 

WRITE ON 

Once a file is open, the next step is 
to use it in some way. File accesses 
come in two flavours - reads and 
writes or, for the purists among you, 



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input and output. ARexx provides a 
selection of functions for dealing with 
both input and output to files. For 
writing information to files, the two 
functions we're interested in are 
called 'writeinf)' and writechf)' 

Writeinf) is short for 'write line' 
and is used to write a string of 
characters to a file complete with a 
carriage return which marks the end 
of the line. Writechf) is pretty similar 
to writelnf), the only difference being 
that writechf) doesn't put a carriage 
return at the end of each line of 
information that you write to a file. 
This can be handy when you need to 
write a continuous stream of 
characters to a file but writeinf) 
makes files look a bit tidier when 
they are viewed. Here's an example. 

/* Writeinf) J 
demo */ 

success = J 

open{ 'myf ile ' J 

, 'RAM:MyNewJ 

File'.'W) 

if success = OJ 

then do 

say 'Unable J 
to open file' 

exit 

end 
do for 10 

writeln ( ' J 
myfiie' , 'Amiga Shopper' ) 

end 
exit 

As you can see, it starts in the same 
way as our first demo script by 
opening a file on the RAM disk called 
'MyNewFile' using a filepointer called 
'myfiie'. The result of the attempted 
file open is then checked and if 
ARexx managed to open the file 
successfully , the script then enters 
a loop that writes the string 'Amiga 
Shopper' to our file ten times. Type it 
in, run it using the 'RX' command 



and then view the results by typing 
the following AmigaDOS command at 
the Shell prompt. 

l.> Type RAM;MyNewFile 

If all went well, the file should 
contain ten copies of the string 
'Amiga Shopper". Now that we have a 
script that creates a file and writes 
to it, we need to be able to read the 
whole lot back in again. 

READ BED 

Reading information from a file is 
just as easy as writing information. 
Indeed, the functions used to read 
from a file are very similar to their 
file writing counterparts in both their 
format and how they operate. ARexx 
provides two functions for simple 
sequential file access - readlnf) and 
readchf). Just like writelnf ) and 
writechf) , these two functions read a 




The Readlnf} function makes 

programming alternatives to 

standard AmigaDOS commands a 

doddle. Here's our version of the 

AmigaDOS 'Type' command! 

line of characters or a specified 
number of characters into a variable 
which you define. If a single line of 
data within a file contains several 
discrete data items, it's up to you to 
split the string manually using the 
string functions that we covered in 
last month's tutorial. The format of 
the readlnf) function is 'variable = 
readlnf filepointer)'. 

Let's take a look at a demo of 
readlnf) in action: 



/* Readlnf) demo */ 

say 'Plea.se enter the J 
filename of a textfile' 
pull filename 



"WritechO doesn't 

put a carriage 

return at the end of 

each line" 



success = J 

open ('myfiie '.filename, 'r') 

if success ■ then do 

say 'Onable to open that J 
file! ' 

exit 



an example that reads an entire file 
a character at a time and displays 
each character on screen. 

/* Readchf ) demo */ 

say 'Please enter filename J 
of textfile' 
pull filename 

success ■ J 

open( 'myfiie' , filename, 'r' ) 

if success = then do 

eay 'Unable to open thatJ 
file!' 

exit 

end 
do while ~eof( 'myfiie' ) 

char = readchf 'myfile',1) 

say char 
endclose ( 'myfiie' ) 



Note the eoff) function that is used 





This month, Jason Holborn 
reveals flow to teach your ARexx 

scripts some basic 

communication skills - reading 

from and writing to files 



end 

do while -eoff 'myfiie') 
line = readlnf 'myfiie') 
say line 
end 
close ( 'myfiie ' ) 

Readch() is slightly different to its 
writechf) equivalent. Because 
writechf) simply tacks information 
on to a continuous stream of data 
within a file, readchf) needs to be 
told exactly how many characters it 
should read. The format of the 
readchf) function is as follows: 
variable = readchf filepointer,number 
of characters). 

With these two parameters, readchf) 
will pass the next x number of 
characters info the variable defined 
at the beginning of the line. Here's 



to terminate the loop when all the 
characters have been read from the 
file (the '«•' bit means NOT, so the 
line should actually be read as 'while 
not end of file'). This is a very 
important function as our scripts will 
rarely know the exact number of 
characters within a file. What it does 
is to check the status of the file; if 
the last character from the file has 
been read, a value of 1 is returned. If 
there are characters left to be read a 
value of is returned. CD 
• You will find the programs in this 
article in the Source_Code/ARexx 
directory of the cover disk. 



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AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



8 



C PROGRAMMING 



This month we're moving on 
to learn about controlled 
looping, simple functions 
and structures. And Just to 
make sure that your new-found 
skills aren't wasted, we're going to 
put them to work Immediately to 
help you write a useful application - 
Introduced towards the end of this 
month's article. 

The 'for' statement is an 
excellent way of handling loops. 
Readers familiar with the wonders of 
BASIC might recognise it, and in fact, 
the for statement in C does pretty 
much the same thing as the 
equivalent in BASIC. Let's look at a 
brief example; 

#include <stdio,h> 



void main (void) 

{ 

int loop; 

for (loop = 1; loop <13; J 
loqp++) 

(printf ("%& X. 12 = -J 
%d\n", loop, loop*12); 



) 



} 



THE 'GOTO' STATEMENT 



Perhaps the most famous bad programming technique in the known 
universe, the GOTO statement in BASiC has deservedly attracted bad 
publicity. It encouraged abysmal program structure and the creation of the 
first "spaghetti" applications - programs that were so complex and hard to 
understand that they became impossible to either de-bug or maintain. The 
need for a statement that allows you to jump to a fixed place in your 
program is non-existent. I've purposely separated the description of this 
command, which is present in C, because I won't be documenting it. To 
quote briefly from the book written by the inventors of C itself: "C provides 
the infinitely abusable goto statement... It is easy to write code without it. 
We have not used it in this book." 



for It. It works rather like the while 
loop, except instead of saying "While 
<thls>, do <thls>", it's the other way 
around: 

do 

(statements . . . } 
while (<loop whilst this J 
condition is true>); 

FUNCTIONS 

As we'll find out when we start 
design work on our special Amiga 



SO WHERE'S THE KITEW1ARK? 



ANSI, the American National Standards Insitute, is responsible for the 
setting of standards, much like the British equivalent responsible for the 
kitemarks on many reputable products. The British Standards Institute, 
however, hasn't (yet) turned its attention to programming languages, but 
one of the many diverse things that ANSI has put a standard to is C. This is 
a good thing for developers in general, because this means there is now a 
set standard to determine how a C compiler works. This should mean that 
the source code that you see in Amiga Shopper will work on all C compilers 
in the worid. 

Unfortunately for the beginner it's not quite as simple as this. A lot of 
compilers are old enough not to be fully ANSI compatible, or they simply 
don't implement the ANSI standard in full. Modern C compilers such as the 
SAS C 6.2 are ANSI compatible, though. 



This example prints the 12 times 
table on the screen. The for 
statement works like this: 

for (< starting conditions* 
<loop whilst this bit is 
true>; <do this every loop>) 
{statements in loop. ...;}. 

If the bit you're running in the loop is 
just one instruction, as it is in the 
times table example above, then 
strictly speaking you don't need the 
{ } brackets to hold them. It's good 
practice to put them in, though, 
because not only does it look neater, 
but it's easier to read and to de-bug 
(if need be). 

No guide to C would be complete 
if it did not discuss the do-while 
looping method also. In all my years 
of C programming, I can safely say 
that until now I'd never used it. To be 
totally correct, I'd never found a use 



Shopper application, a necessary 
part of any program is proper 
structure. One of the things we do to 
help this is to divide our program up 
into small functional blocks that 
perform specific tasks. We've talked 
about functions in C before; this 
month it's just a question of revision, 
and learning some techniques for 
using those functions. Here's a 
small functional block to look at: 

void ShowName (void) 

{ 



printf ("Toby\n"' ; 



> 



This very simple function prints my 
name every time it is called. It is 
called by quoting its name: 

ShowName ( ) ; 

It acts like any normal statement, 



and can be used as such. All 
programs have a 'main' function, 
which is called automatically when 
you run your 



int lives; 
BOOL continue; 
long score; 
continue = TRUE; 

while (continue) 
C 

lives ■ 3; 
while {lives != 0) 
{ 

score = PlayGameO; 
continue = J 
SetHighScore (score ) ; 

lives ■ lives - 1; 



) 



} 



program. 

In order to 
help the C 
compiler to find 
potential faults in 
your programs, 
you have to tell it 
how your function 
is called. This 
way, if at any time 
in your program: 

you should misuse it, then it is able 
to warn you. This is called 
'prototyping', and it's one of the 
facilities that came about with ANSI 
C. A function prototype appears at 
the top of your program, and is 
usually one line which simply shows 
the function name, what it returns (if 
anything) and what parameters it 
takes. The prototype for our 
. ShowName function looks like this: 

void ShowName (void) ; 

The voids are simply nulls, or 
nothings. This tells the compiler that 
our function returns nothing, and has 
no parameters. If we were to call it 
wrongly, like this: 



"It is absolutely 
vital to structure 

and organise 
programs neatly." 



counter 
23); 



= ShowName ("toby" 



- then the compiler could spot the 
error and tell us. 

The best functions are those that 
are as generalised as possible. This 
way, they can be re-used continually 
throughout the program, and maybe 
even in other programs in the future. 
Try and keep this in mind when 
writing your code. 

Let's leave functions for a while 
and move on to an example of how a 
we 1 1 -structured game of space 
invaders might look. Don't go typing 
this in, because I've not done any of 
the functions. But if you want to do 
them yourself, then go ahead! 

void main(void) 

( 



There's nothing there that we have 

not already dealt with, with the 
exception of the BOOL variable type, 
A BOOL variable can 
^^^^^^^^■" only hold two 

values, TRUE (-1) or 
FALSE (0). You will 
note that the 
program above is 
pretty much self- 
explanatory, even 
without any 
comments. It is 
absolutely vital that 
you structure and 
organise your programs neatly. De- 
bugging large C programs that 
mysteriously crash after five minutes 
is a nightmare if your program is in a 
mess to begin with. 

STRUCTURES 

One of the things that never quite 
made it into BASIC is the ability to 
group relevant variables together and 
refer to them globally under one 
name. This is a great aid to efficient 
programming, so let's dive straight in 
at the deep end with an example. In 
this program, we'll be keeping 
names and addresses. From what we 
already know, this is how we'd tackle 
storing all of the information: 

char names[25] [10] ; 

char address_linel[40] [10]; 

char address_line2[40] [10]; 

- and so on, using arrays. 



USING YOUR 



Now you've got your includes (see 
'Include files' above), where on earth 
do you put them? Quite simple. In 
your NorthC drawer, there is a sub- 
drawer called "include'. In this drawer 
you'll notice files like 'stdio.h'. If your 
Commodore-supplied includes are 
present on a disk called, say MyDisk, 
typing the following will install them: 



cd northc : include 
copy Ms/Disk: include /#? 



all 



84 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



C PROGRAMMING 



Each part that makes up a full 
name and address is called a field. 
An example is the name field, and 
you could also have perhaps a phone 
number field. A full name and 
address is called a record. A 
collection of records together is 
called a file. Think of It as a filing 
cabinet: the file is the drawer, the 
record is the individual folder with a 
person's information in it, and afield 
is a single line of text in the folder. In 
C, and most high-level languages, we 
can group all our fields together and 
give them a global name, such as 
'address'. In C, we would do this to 
define our name and address: 

struct address C 
char name [40] ; 
char addresa_1140] ; 
char address_2 [40] t 
char post_code [15] j 
char phone_number [25]; 
}; 

This defines the structure 
'address', with five fields in it, and all 
arrays of characters (strings). If we 
wanted to have 100 names and 
addresses, we might do this after our 
structural definition: 

#define NUMBER_OF_ADDRS 100 

struct address my_addresseaJ 
[NCMBER_OF_Jtf«DRS] ; 



JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING • JARGON BUSTING 



BASIC - Beginners' Ali-purpose Symbolic Instruction 
Code. The acronym for this language was probably 
devised before the five words it represents were applied, 
BASIC was designed in the late '60s as a teaching 
language. It was never Intended to achieve the popularity 
that it did. Most dialects of BASIC are slow, and are 
considered to teach bad programming practice. BASIC'S 
massive popularity in the '80s is giving way to other 
languages, such as Modula II, and C in this decade, 
BASIC does, however, still survive on the Amiga in the 
form of HiSoft's BASIC and AMOS. 



C - A compiled language designed primarily for systems 
programming. It was used to write much of the Amiga's 
operating system and many Amiga applications. 

COMPILER - A compiler is a program that turns human- 
written program code into binary instructions for the 
microprocessor inside your computer to run. In the case 
of C, the compiler turns the text you write In a text editor 
into 68000 machine code for the Amiga. This is different 
from an interpreter, which runs a program as it goes 
along and never produces a program the Amiga can run. 



Having set up our 
structure like this, 
we can access the 
individual elements 
simply by referring 
to the structure 
name, which one 
we're talking about, 
and the field name. 
For example, to 
print the 50th 
person's postcode: 



neatly organised list with a program 
like this: 

for (loop = 0; loop J 
<NDMBER_OF_ADDRS; loop++) 

{ 

printf("%s\t\t%s\a", J 
address [loop] .name, addressJ 
[loop] .phone_number) ; 

) 

The \ts in the quotes are tabs. 
These ensure that there is a uniform 
gap between the names and the 
phone numbers. As you can see, we 
can already generate some quite 
handy routines. 



INCLUDE FILES 

The 'include' files are always a 
matter of great confusion. Well, 
to put it 



"Without 'Include* 

files you can't write 

C programs, but 

they'll cost you/' 



printf ("Post code Is %s\n", 
address[50] .post_code) ; 

The word after the ' . ' is the field 
name. We could print everyone's 
phone numbers and names in a 



simply, 
without them 
you can't write 
C programs, so 
you're definitely 
going to need 
them. 

The Amiga's 
operating system is 
very complex, and 
^ — is full of structures 
and #deftnes like the ones we have 
used this month. All of these have to 
be defined somewhere, because you 
wouldn't want to type them in every 
time. This is done in the include 
files. The include files also define all 
of the prototypes for the functions 




Toby Simpson shows you 
how to keep your loops 
under control and create a 
useful application in the process 



'INCLUDES' WITH NORTHC 



Obviously, you will need to 
substitute 'MyDisk:' with the name 
of the disk on which your include 
files are located. 

The NorthC setup utility sets an 
environment variable called 'include' 
which points to this drawer. You'll 
know if you've got this right: if you 
type dir nor the: include you 
should get a list of directories with 
names like 'exec', dos' and so forth. 

You will also need to install 



amiga.lib, which is supplied with the 
Commodore includes, and goes in 

'northc:lib': 

cd northc:lib 

copy HyDisk:lib/andga.lib J 
"" all 

All should then work fine! Next month 
we'll discuss setting up your 
development environment in 
preparation for our application. 



such as prirrtf , which we use to show 
things on the screen. If you need to 
get hold of them, include files will 
cost you, but you might already have 
them without realising it. If you've 
bought a compiler, such as the SAS 
C 6 compiler, then you have the 
complete include files. If you got your 
your compiler from the public 
domain, then it is unlikely that you 
have these files - check in the 
documentation to be sure. If you 
don't have them, then you will need 
to order them from Commodore. 
Write to: 

Sharon McGuffie 

Commodore Business Machines (UK) 

Commodore House 

The Switchback 

Gardener Rd 

Maidenhead 

Berks SL6 7XA 

Send a cheque for £25 made 
payable to Commodore Business 
Machines (UK) Ltd and ask for the 
latest Native Developer's Toolkit. You 



might like to enquire about becoming 
a registered developer as well. 
Finally, to discover where to 
place these files when you have got 
them, read the documentation. This 
depends on which particular compiler 
you happen to be using. 

OUR LITTLE TOY 

For the following few instalments of 
the C programming tutorial, we'll be 
learning as we create. Next month 
we'll be discussing the specification 
of the address book program we 
began here, and designing the way it 
will look. This will build up over the 
next few months to give you a 
working Amiga application which you 
can continue to update and improve 
overtime, in the meanwhile, if you 
want to get ahead, try setting up a 
simple address system using the 
structures described this month, 
and use scanfs to Input the data. 
Have funl (|Q 

Toby Simpson is available on CIX: 
toby@cix.eompu I i nk.co.uk 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



8! 



D I Y REPAIRS 




GIVE YOUR AMIGA A SPRING CLEAN 

The hard drive's ribbon cable terminates in an 
edge connector next to the floppy power supply 
pins on the motherboard. Removing the connector 
requires quite firm pressure. Ensure you grasp the 
connector itself, not the ribbon cable. When re- 
placing, It's easy to overlook the pins completely 
or bend one accidentally. Take your time and look 
out for the small capacitor to the right-hand end. 



J 


5jtl -■•■ " 


! - 



iv 



This is the Agnus connector, and you must 
exercise extreme care removing her from the 
board. She is rather fragile, and her bottom can 
easily fracture. The best way is to put an electrical 
screwdriver in each of the diagonally-opposite 
slots, and apply gentle alternating pressure 
between each one. Eventually, out she will pop. 
Put some kind of registration mark on the chip to 
ensure that you put it back the correct way. 



Cleaning the legs of all the ICs will ensure there is 
good contact between the IC and its holder. Heat, 
dust, coffee, cigarette ash, cobwebs and moisture 
all contribute towards the build-up of oxidation and 
erosive grime. Observe the correct anti-static 
procedures throughout the process. You could 
emulate industrial practice by attaching an earth 
cable from your ankle or wrist to a suitable earth 
such as a cold water pipe. But don't forget it after! 



Last month we took a close 
look at handling internal 
repairs on your Amiga. To 
continue our Investigation 
of post-initialisation faults, we turn 
our attention to floppy drives. 

FLOPPY FAILURE 

We saw last month how many 
problems are down to failure of the 
8520 CIA chips - the Complex 
Interface Adapters that handle the 
parallel port connector, joystick and 
mouse connectors, front panel LEDs, 
keyboard, and a great deal more. 
These also have a responsibility in 
the handling of the floppy drive, so it 
is advisable to check the 8520s 
when there is no response from a 
floppy. However, a floppy drive itself 
can go down. First, though, there are 
several checks that can be carried 
out before removal and replacement 
becomes necessary. 

With the Amiga power off, follow 
the four power lead cables from the 
motherboard to the floppy drive. 
These are coloured - two black, one 
red and one brown. At the drive 
end, there is a black push-on 
connector which must be 
removed. Grasp it between two 
fingers, and apply firm, left to 
right pressure, drawing it 
gradually away from the drive. 

Next, you will see a broad grey 
ribbon cable, which is plugged into 
the motherboard, just to the right 
of the power lead. Grasp the 
connector with a hand at each end, 
and gently pull it away from the pins. 
Take care to pull it vertically, so that 
you do not bend the pins. Make sure 
you do not pull it by the ribbon; these 
connectors are easily broken, and 
are difficult to put back together. 

Four screws hold the drive in 
place. One is situated towards the 
front of the drive, and is easily visible 



from the front of the Amiga once it 
has been opened. The other three 
are not so obvious, and are 
accessed from underneath the 
Amiga. Two are in a line directly 
behind joystick 1 port. The other is 
sunk into the case just to the rear of 
the rubber foot. 

NEW DRIVE FOR OLD 

Using a small screwdriver, remove 
the four screws, and lift the drive 
clear of the Amiga. 

There is only one way to find out 
if your drive is faulty, and that 
involves trying it in another machine. 
Apart from checking the power cable 
connectors for continuity, and trying 
out someone else's ribbon cable, 
there is nothing more that could 
represent a temporary problem with 



the drive. Unfortunately, it is pretty 
clear cut - either it works or it 
doesn't, and if you find that the drive 
is faulty, then you are going to have 
to purchase a new one. If this does 
happen, there is some consolation in 
the fact that you will be able to fit it 
yourself, following the procedures 
described here in reverse - and 
you'll save money into the bargain. 

However, two small words of 
caution. Be careful when 
reconnecting the ribbon connector to 
the motherboard. First, ensure that 
you cover the pins correctly as you 
offer the connector up to the 
motherboard - if is very easy to bend 
or even overlook them. Second, take 
care not to trap one of the small 
capacitors under the connector; as 
you apply the necessary pressure to 



push it home, you can inadvertently 
snap it off. 

SUPERFICIALLY EASIER 

The reason why Commodore has 
risked a one-year on-site 
maintenance contract with the Amiga 
600 is because it uses 'surface- 
mounted technology'. This means 
that instead of the ICs being 
mounted in removable sockets, they 
are soldered permanently on to the 
motherboard. Although this 
enhances the reliability of your 
machine, it does mean that DIY 
upgrades are virtually impossible, 
even for the most ambitious of 
users. If you have replaceable ICs, 
you should be aware that contact 
between the pins of the IC and the 
holder can become contaminated by 



SOLDERING ON - A GUIDE 



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process, and you can often make mistakes 
If you aren't sure how to go about it. Read our 10- 
point guide to successful soldering to avoid disaster 



1 tf there is existing solder, remove it using a de- 
soldering tool or braid. 

2 Do not use too powerful a soldering iron for fine 
components. You will only succeed in doing more 
damage. Use a soldering iron holder, not the edge of the 
bench. Remember, soldering irons get very hot 

3 Use proper multi-core solder with in-built flux. 

4 Apply the iron first, and allow the surface to heat up, 

5 When any remaining solder begins to melt, or after an 
appropriate time, add more solder to create a mound 
around the item as shown in the diagram. 

6 Let the solder cool before tugging to see if it has held. 

7 Only use enough solder to hold the component. Don't 
leave huge blobs, which could contaminate a nearby 
component. 

8 Snip off any extending wire from the soldered joint to 
prevent short circuits. 

9 Inspect the area around the repair to ensure no blobs 
have fallen off the iron on to adjacent circuitry. 

10 Leave the soldering iron to cool down in a safe place 
before putting it away. 



16 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



DIY REPAIRS 




Take advantage of having the Amiga 
innards exposed, and give the 
expansion buses a good clean with 
isopropyl alcohol. If you are feeling 
particularly conscientious, cleaning 
the various pins on the floppy drive 
power connector and the ribbon cable 
connector will also be beneficial, but 
be very careful not to bend them. 



surface erosion or oxidation, and the 
next procedure involves checking 
that this has not occurred, 

GREASY CHIPS 

This task is more of a maintenance 
procedure than a total repair 
solution, but on many occasions it 
has solved the problem when 
replacement of the entire mother- 
board seemed to be the only hope. 

Before you start, you'll need last 
month's article to hand. (If you need 
to order a back issue, see page 95.) 
Remove the keyboard as shown. 
Working your way through the ICs 
one at a time, remove them following 
the method described in AS 23. 
Remember to follow the anti-static 
procedures at all times. 

The Agnus Chip needs special 
attention. Removal 

of this particular IC ^^mmmmm^m 
is tricky, and needs 
to be done as 
follows. 

The first step is 
to register the 
orientation of the 
IC. You can do this 
using a marker- a 
small section of 
disk label will do ' 
the job perfectly adequately. Trim it 
down with scissors, and apply it any 
way you like, so long as you can 
remember which way it went. You'll 
see why this needs to be done later. 

Looking at the motherboard from 
the front of the Amiga, you will see 
the Agnus holder, centre left. The 
Agnus is the only 'square' shaped IC 
used in the Amiga. The holder has 
two slots, top left hand corner and 
lower right. To remove the Agnus 
you'll need two fine electrical 
screwdrivers. Insert them carefully 
into the slots and gently lever them 
backwards. Be very cautious at this 




A common fault with drives is in the 
cable. Do a continuity test along 
each of the thin cables. Strip the 
cable back at the drive end, check 
again to ensure the break has been 
eliminated, and de-solder, then re- 
solder each wire to the correct pin. 
The switch also causes problems - 
test it with a circuit tester. 



4 Turn the IC around and repeat the 
procedure on the opposite side. 
Once this process is completed, 
replace the IC in the correct socket, 
according to the procedure 
described in AS 23, Ensure you 
have the IC orientated correctly, 
with the notch on the IC 
corresponding to the indicator on 
the motherboard. While you're at 
it, take advantage of the 
circumstances, and apply the 
same cleaning process to the two 
edge connectors (top and bottom). 
Once ali the contacts are clean 
and the ICs are replaced, reconnect 
the keyboard and switch on. 

EXTERNAL FLOPPIES 

The most common fault in an 
external drive is cable problems. If 
your drive is not functioning, follow 
these procedures. 
1 Examine the drive port on the 
Amiga to see if any of the pins are 
bent or snapped off. 



broken, identify the culprit by 
checking for solder deposits. To 
make doubly sure, offer the cable to 
the pin to check the match. Once 
confirmed, re-solder carefully. 
3 If this still proves unsuccessful, 
remove the self-tapping screws which 
hold the case lid in place (there are 
usually four), and remove the cover 
of the drive. You will be able to see 
the drive end of the cable, and the 
particular configuration of your drive. 

There are several permutations 
of drive: some have through ports for 
daisy-chaining, some have on-off 
switches, some have in-built copying 
devices, and some have mixed 
versions of all of these. Whatever 
type you own, check each cable 
(from the pin at the Amiga end, to 
the small circuit board at the drive 
end) with your circuit tester (AS 23) 
to ensure continuity. 

Next, check the switch to find out 
if it is working. To do this, place the 
circuit tester on two of the poles, 



WORK SHOPPER 
WORKSHOP 



"The only way to 

test a floppy drive is 

to try it in another 

machine/' 



stage. Too much initial force can 
sometimes break the IC holder, 

which would involve a very expensive 
repair; too little force, and nothing 
happens. If you can feel one corner 
of the Agnus begin to move, transfer 
the pressure to the 
m^hmm opposite comer and 
ease it forward as 
well. Little by little, 
the IC will become 
free. The need for 
caution here cannot 
be over-stressed. 



ADD THE 
ALCOHOL 

■ Once you have 
It will require 



removed an IC, 
cleaning with isopropyl alcohol. This 
is quite a delicate task, and needs to 
be done with great care. Here's a 
step by step guide. 

1 Hold the IC between thumb and 
middle finger, with the pins pointing 
downwards. 

2 Take a cotton bud, and dip the tip 
into isopropyl alcohol. 

3 Using a downward stroking motion, 
wipe the outside surface of all of the 
pins facing you, and the inside 
surface of the pins furthest away. 
Repeat this wiping procedure several 
times to ensure thorough cleansing. 



The third part of Wilf Rees' series 
on Amiga repairs continues with 
a look at floppy drives, power 
leads and routine overhauls 



2 Remove the bolts which hold the 
cover in place, starting with the 23- 
way plug which goes into the Amiga. 
Examine each of the cables closely 
to check that they are still firmly 
soldered to the socket. The most 
common culprit is the earth lead, 
which is usually soldered to the 
socket case itself. Often, during 
manufacture, insufficient heat is 
applied to the socket case, resulting 
in poor solder adhesion. The earth 
lead can break away if continual 
strain is put on the cable. If it is still 
firm, examine the other cables to 
see if they are intact. If one has 



and switch the drive on and off, 

4 inspect the ribbon cable 
connecting the circuit board to the 
drive. Ensure it is firmly home. Check 
that the pins are clean. Substitute 
the ribbon cable from the internal 
floppy to eradicate cable fault. 

5 Check out the power cable to the 
drive. Is there continuity along the 
cables? Are both ends firmly pressed 
home? 

6 Examine the circuit-board for dry 
joints, or loose solderings. 

If all of these fault tests prove 
negative, then unfortunately you 
simply need a new drive, f ^j 



NEXT MONTH 

In the final part of our series on repairs, we'll look at how best to approach 
and tackle fault identification and repair. We'll also take a look at 
diagnostic software, and round the series off with a technical addendum to 
provide you with any of the specifications you need to check up on. Happy 
soldering, and see you next month. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



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Paul Overaa, programming expert and computer journalist, explains In detail 

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AMOS COMPILER 



HISOFT PASCAL 



At last there's a version of this 
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its clarity and precision, so much 
so that it has been taken up by 
large portions of the commercial 
sector. Find out why it has 
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biindingly fast version, 
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DEVPAC 3 



HiSoft's Devpac 3 Is probably the most 
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programming system you can buy for 
your Amiga. Not only does it come 
with a fully-featured assembler with 
macro support, but it also includes 
HiSoft's editor and debugging 
program MonAm, Commodore's 
header files are supplied, so you 
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INTUITION: A PRACTICAL AMIGA PROGRAMMERS GUIDE 


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INTUIT 


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LITTLE 



INTUITION: A PRACTICAL AMIGA PROGRAMMER'S GUIDE 
BY MIKE NELSON - KUMA PUBLICATIONS 
Use of Intuition, the Amiga's graphical Interface, Is 
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and maintaining compatibility across different versions of 
the operating system. This book shows you how, with 
sections on screens and windows, communications, menus, 
gadgets and requesters. 

PROGRAM DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR THE AMIGA BY PAUL 
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Mark Smlddy, probably one of the most knowledgeable 
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AMIGA 600 HD EPIC PACK 



Amiga 600 with the choice of a 20 or 40 Mbyte 
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AMIGA 600 EPIC PACK WITH 20MB HARD DISK £359,95 
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MJC PRICE £34.95 

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A600 1 MEGABYTE EXPANSION 



Increase your memory to 2 Mbyte. 

Includes Clock. 

MJC PRICE £44.95 

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EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE 



THE FUN SCHOOL RANGE 



Probably the best selling educational software 

for the Amiga. Fun School 3 and 4 also conform 

to the National Curriculum. 

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KOSMOS SOFTWARE 



Fun School 3 for Under 5 
Fun School 3 for 5-7 years 
Fun School 3 for Over 7 

Fun School 4 for Under 5 
Fun School 4 for 5-7 years 
Fun School 4 for Over 7 



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Merlin's Maths (for ages 7-11) £17.95 
Spelling Fair (for ages 7-13) £1 7,95 

Paint and Create (for ages 5 & over) £1 7.95 



LAUGH AND LEARN WITH ADI 



The ADI series is aimed at being fun to use as well 
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ADI - English 11/12 years £17.95 

ADI - English 12/13 years £17.95 

ADI - English 13/14 years £17.95 

ADI -Maths 11/12 years £17.95 

ADI -Maths 12/13 years £17.95 

ADI - Maths 1 3/1 4 years £1 7.95 

ADI -Maths 14/1 5 years £17.95 

ADI - French 11/12 years £17.95 

ADI - French 12/13 years £17.95 

ADI - French 13/1 4 years £17.95 

ADi - French 14/15 years £1 7.95 



Kosmos software produce a superb range of educational soft- 
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£14.95 
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Answerback Junior Quiz (6-11 years) 
Answerback Senior Quiz (1 2 to Adult) 
Factfile Spelling (requires Junior Quiz) 
Factfile Arithmetic (requires Junior Quiz) 
French Mistress 
German Master 
Spanish Tutor 
Italian Tutor 
Maths Adventure 



LCL SOFTWARE 



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Micro Maths (GCSE Level} £18.95 

Micro French (GCSE Level) £18.95 

Micro English (GCSE Level) £18.95 

Micro German (GCSE Level) £18.95 

Micro Science (GCSE Level) £18.95 

Reading & Writing Course (3 years+) £18.95 



COOMBE VALLEY SOFTWARE 



This is a range of excellent educational adven 

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Maths Dragons (5-12 years) £12.95 

Cave Maze (8-1 3 years) £ 1 2,95 

Reasoning With Trolls (5-1 2 years) £1 2.95 
Fraction Goblins (8-13 years) £12.95 
Picture Fractions (7-10 years) £12.95 
Tidy The House (5-9 years) £12.95 



NODDY'S PLAYTIME 



A complete entertainment and learning package for 
young children. Contains 10 exciting programs which 
include a full Junior Art package, Noddy's Paint Pot, 
Post Office, Market Place anomany more. 
1Mb required. MJC PRICE £18.95 



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AMOS • THE CREATOR 



Easy Amos - Simple but powerful £22.95 

Amos vl.2 -The original language £31.95 

Amos Compiler CALL 

Amos 3-D £21.95 

NEW - AMOS PROFESSIONAL 
An enhanced version of the very popular Amos 
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Drand new manual and many more new features. 
MJC PRICE £44.95 



ACTION REPLAY MK3 



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1-1 Amiga Club Postal software, ideas etc. SAE 
+ blank disk for details. Contact Peter Duckett, 
11 Avon Close, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 1J0 
if 0932 S55834 after 8pm. Membership free. 
1520 Plotter Group (ICMJQ) John Bentley v 
06286 65932 

16-32 Micro Programming AMOS, bimonthly 
fanzine, PD, (Fish->590) Membership 100FF or 
£10, Contact F Moreau, 132 rue Jean Follain, 
50000 Saint-Lo, France tr 315220 02 

24 Bit Club For users of Video Toaster, Opal Vi- 
sion, DCTV and AAGA machines. Contact Gordon 

Keenan, 21 Sklrsa Place, Glasgow G23 5EE, 
Send stamp for details. Membership fee £20 a 
year. 

Action Replay Users Club For help, tips, lists of 
pokes. Free. For more details contact Gordon 
Hagan, 66 Muirside Avenue, Kirkintilloch, Glas- 
gow G66 3PR 

Mm PD Advice and Amos for beginners, cheats. 
Free membership. SAE plus disk to Den Round- 
ing, S Primrose Lane, Miami Beach, Trusthorpe 
Road, Button-on-Sea, Lines LN12 2JZ 

Allbit Computer Club General hints and tips, ad- 
vice, competitions, draws, shop. Entrance fee 
£1.50. Contact Mick, 170 Claughton Ave, Crewe, 
Cheshire CW2 6ET 



i PD Contact Grelg Harper, 3 Whlckham 
Street, Easington, Peteriee, Co Durham SR8 3DJ. 

Amiga Addict* Newsletter and open nights For 
Info SAE to A Minnock, Clonkelry, Blnn, Co Offaly, 

Ireland 

Amiga Artists Club 34 Roundhay Mount, Leeds 
LS8 4DW, For Amiga artists, musicians and 
coders. Pirates not welcome. Free. « Kam on 
OS 32 493942, 5-Spm 

Amiga Athens club PD swaps, tips, cheats etc. 
Free membership, just new PD or tips in ex- 
change for our services. Contact Stefanos Pa- 
pamiehael, 9 Derfeld Rd, Patisia, 11144 Athens, 
Greece, u 01/2027973 

AmlgaBASIC club Free bknonthly disk, help for 
beginners and experts. Membership £10/year. 
Contact: Conran Ahmad, 15 Weybddge Rd, Thorn- 
ton Heath, Surrey CRT 7LN » 0B1 689 9102 



Amiga Beginners' Club 110 Whitehill Park, Li- 
ma vi dy, Co. Londonderry BT49 OQG. Club to help 
newcomers. Bi-monthly club disk, and a small PD 
library. Membership £2 for a single disk, or £20 
for every issue 

Amiga Boatowners All things nautical, WHY ex- 
change, nautical aid programs etc. Free member- 
ship, send SAE to D, Beet for details. Lock, 
Branston Fen, Lincolnshire LN3 SUN 

Amiga Club Newsletter, disks, PD etc,£10 mem- 
bership. Send SAE for details to Imp, 190 Fallc- 
den Way, Hempstead Garden Suburb. London 
NW11 6SE ■ 081 455 1626 

Amiga Graphics Club I want to set one upl But to 
do so, I need your help. If enough of you reply, 
your graphics can only benefit. For details you 

should write to Jonathan McBrlen, 16 Drumbawn, 
Enmsklllen, Fermangh BT74 6NF 

Amiga Helpline Contact Gordon Keenan. 21 
Skirsa Place. Glasgow G23 5EE. Software/ hard- 
ware help service, free PD. DTP problems sorted, 

plus general Amiga chit-chat. Send a stamp for 
full details, Membership £15 per year 



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If you run a user group which Isn't listed on this page, fill In the form below 
for your free entry. Send it to Amiga Shopper User Groups List, 30 
Monmouth Street, Bath BAl 2BW. We reserve the right to refuse entries. 



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i Bi-monthly publication (28+ pages). 
Public domain, licenseware, bargains, classifieds, 
free advice, free gifts, free disks. Annual mem- 
bership £12. Contact D Cryer, 88 Blackbull fid, 
Folkestone, Kent CT19 5QX 

Amiga Maniacs Help Graphics, sound, WB, pro- 
gramming, help. Beginners welcome. Free mem- 
bership (by post). Contact Johnny, 8 Tan-y-Grals, 
Caernarfon fid, Bangor LL57 4SD 



i Club Membership gets you a 
disk with 50 IFF samples a month for 12 months - 
Also sample service. Membership £30. Contact 
Gavin Wylie, Guthrie Street, Carnoustie. Angus 

Amiga Navigation Contact Dave Thomas 4a, Al- 
lister St, Neath, W Glamorgan. PO, advice, even 

small repairs and social evenings. Weds 7 - 
9pm. Membership £10 per year 

Amiga Network International 2 monthly club 
disk, reviews, advice. For info contact Phil or 

Steve: 434 Denby Dale Rd East, Wakefield, W 
Yorks WF4 3AE 

Amiga Lrtd Disk based, reviews, competitions, 
help service, BBS, games and utlls. Contact D 



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Collingwood, 14 Linden Close, Hutton Rudley, 
Varm, Cleveland TS15 OHX. Membership £10 a 
year. 

Amiga Users Klub. Windsor House, 19 Castle St, 
Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DX. Meets every Friday 
from 6.30-9pm, to expand members' knowledge 
of Amiga and to help solve people's problems. 
Contact Jack Tailing 

Amiga Video Producers' Group Disk magazine 
five times a year; meets quarterly in Swindon. Ob- 
ject library for mainstream Amiga 3D programs 
(tmggine. Sculpt, VideoScape. etc). For info SAE 
to J Strutton, B Rochford 01, Grange Park, Swin- 
don, Wilts SN5 SAB ■ 0793 870667 before 
9pm. Membership fee £10 a year, 

Amiga Wltham Users' Group 85 Hlghflelds Rd, 
Witham, Essex CMS 1LW, Tips and Basic pro- 
grams. K Anderson v 0376 518271 



lice Club Disk magazine covers PD, pro- 
gramming, music, art, DTP, and more. Free mem- 
bership. Contact Kevin Bryan, 49 Courts House, 
Charlton, London SET 7AS » 071-580 2000 Ext 
240 

AmlgaSoc pd, tips, cheats, MIDI, programming, 
disk magazine, alt welcome. Free membership. 
Contact Neil Cartwright, 17 St Wlnefrldes Ave, 
Manor Park, London E12 6HQ ■ 01B 553 5434 

Amiga Users Luton We need more members. 

Help and advice/exchange of Information, swap- 
ping PD/games, general chat. Free membership. 
Please phone Dave J Noble on 0582 502806 

Amiga* PD Large PD library - £1 for catalogue 
disk. For more details contact Roland Arnold, IS 
Mayfair Ave. Ilford, Essex IG1 SDL « 081-554 
5160 

AMI-INFO Interested In the serious side of the 
Amiga? then send and SAE to Paul Capam. 
Homeside, Higher Warberry Road, Torquay, Devon 
TQ1 1SF. 

AMOS Programmer Club Free membership, swap 
AMOS programs and PD, disk magazine and help 
for new users. Contact Gareth Downes-Powell, 6 
Brassey Avenue, Braadstairs, KentCT10 2DS 

AMOS Programmers Exchange Free member- 
ship. Swapping software and ideas. Help avail- 
able. J Lanng, 7 Majestic Rd, Hatch Warren, 
Basingstoke, Hants RG22 4XD 

AMOS Programmers Group John Mullen at 62 
Lonssdale St, Workington, Cumbria CA14 2YD, 
Hints, tips, tutorials too. SAE for info. £10 mem- 
bership for bi-monthly disk mag 

Angus Amiga CDTV club Contact J Robertson, 
22a High St, Brechin, Angus DD9 6ER ■ 0356 
623072. Review software, discuss anything 

Amiga. Free membership 

APDEG (Amiga Public Domain Exchange Group) 
Laser printing service, free PD, Advice service, 
util disks for members, PD swaps. Contact 
Richard Brown, APDEG, 18 High Street. Mundes- 
ley, Norfolk NR11 8AE » 0263 72086B. Member- 
ship fee £6 a year. 

Artmait News, views, reviews, free PD for your ar- 
ticles. Free membership. Send blank disk + SAE 
for free disk mag and 2 free games to A Green- 
wood, 40 Northweil Gate, Otley, West Yorks LS21 
2DN ■» 0943 468476 

Asia Amiga Association Newsletter, PD, informa- 
tion, advice, ideas, exchanges. Membership 
HK$250 per annum. For more info contact Pete 
Alex, Room lie. Fortune Court, 4-6 Tak Hlng St, 
Kowloon, Hong Kong. ■ 7245196 

Astro PD Send SAE and blank disk for catalogue. 
Help and advice also available. Contact Ben- 
son, 3 Skiddaw Court, Wunthorpe, Middles- 
brough, Cleveland TS7 ORD 

AUGFL vzw bi-monthly newsletter, PD, distribution 

and support of Belgian programs, registration- 
site, tips. 750 Bfr/year membership. Contact 
Lieven Lema, Meesberg 13, 3220 Holsbeek, Bel- 
gium 

Avon Micro Computer Serious Club The first Sun- 



day night of each month 1900-2200, members 
50p guests £1. Centre for the deaf, 16-18 King 
Square, Bristol BS2 8JL Fax: 0272 311642 

Basic Programmers' Group 68 Queen Elizabeth 

Dr. Normanton, West Yorks WF6 1JF. Encourages 
the use of Basic, exchanges Ideas and assists 
beginners to the language. Free newsletter Mark 
Blackall » 0924 892106 



d District CC Contact Philip Lish- 
man «■ 0494 782298 27 Russell Court, Che- 
sham, Bucks, Meetings at St Michaels Hall, St 
Michaels Green, Beaconsfield 7.45 - 9.45pm. 
Programming, gaming swapping PO, having fun. 
Membership £10 for 6 months 



j online scripture output and informal 
bible study. Quarterly meetings, membership £5 
quarterly. Contact A.D., 24 Brodie House, 10 Har- 
court Avenue, Wallington, Surrey SMS 8AR « 081 
669 7485 

Bloomfield Video and Computing Beginners, 
video techniques. Meetings at Bloomfield Com- 
munity Centre, Narberth, 7.30pm alternate Tues- 
days. Membership £5- Contact Mrs Beryl 
Hughes, Nashville, 50 Glynderl, Carmarthen, 
Dyfed SA31 2EX » 0267 237522 



i Club Problems, fun, social 
beginners welcome. Free. Contact P Chamberlain, 
36 Homeoaks, 30 Wimbome Road, 
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6QA » 0202 296714 

BR & CJ Computer Club 8 Robinson at 23 Fair- 
way Rd, Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicester- 
shire, L£12 90S ■ 0392 72889 or 03922 
841296. Regular disk mag packed with tips, re- 
views of games and serious software, game 
cheats database, demos and utils. very large PD 
library. Membership fee £1.25 

Bui Stop PD from 40 to 75p per disk, cheats. 
classifieds and gossip, plus competition every 2 

weeks. Send SAE and 50p for catalogue. Lisa 
Tyree, 5 Westboume Rd. Marsh, Huddersfield 
HD1 4LQ 

Cacophony (Unlimited) Aims to create quality PD 
with AMOS and others. Help given. Mark Wick- 
son. 49 Perrott Close, North Leigh, Witney, Oxon 
0X8 6RU 

Camberley User Group Lectures, competitions, 
advice, meetings, free membership. For more info 
contact F Weilbelove o 0252 871 545 

Champion PD Club PD at 3 Op. newsletters, ad- 
vice, help and more. Membership £10. Contact 
Steve Pickett, 31 Somerset Close, Catterick, N 
Yorkshire, DL9 3HE 

Cheapo PO Club Non-profit making postal PD, 
newsletters, advice. Membership £5, Contact 
Jason Meachen, Ivy Cottage, Chapel Road, Beau- 
mont, Clacton, Essex C016 OAR 

Cha»ter4e-Street 16-Bit Computer Club Ground 

floor function suite, The Civic Centre. Newcastle 
Rd, Chester-le-Street. Meets Mondays from 7,30- 
9.30pm, Exchange advice and swap tips. = Peter 
Mears 091 385 2939 

CDTV Users Club Technical support, news, com- 
piling compatible software list. Free membership 
- just send SAE, Contact Julian Lavanini, 113 

Fouracres Rd, Newall Green, Manchester M23 
8ES 

Chic Computer Club Full details with an SAE to 
STAMP, Chic Computer Club, PO Box 121, Gar- 
rard s Cross, Bucks. For info contact Steve Winter 
"0753 884473 

CHlfD Free membership. Send SAE for details to 
Mr M Sellars, 103 Newward Rd, Bulford, Salis- 
bury. Wilts, SP4 9AH •" 0980 33154 

Club 68000 Competitions, programming, music. 
Meets Harrogate Leisure Centre, Mondays 
6,15pm-10pm. SAE to Chris Hughes, 59 Walton 
Park, Pannal, Harrogate, N Yorks, HG3 1EJ «■ 
0423 891910 

Club Amiga £10 a year for PD and a 24-hr 

helpline (091 385 2627), For more info send SAE 
to Chris Longley, 5 Bowes Lea, Shiney Row, 
Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear 

Club Future Advice to programmers and begin- 
ners. Send SAE for info to G Holland. 16 Hermis- 
ton, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay. Tyne & Wear NE25 
9AN 

Comp4Wal Australian group for users In the out- 
back. Newsletter, helpline, PD library. Member- 
ship AS24. Comp-U-Pal, 116 Macarthur Street, 
Sale, Victoria 3850, Australia 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



USER GROUPS 



Computeque Steve Lai ley at Ins kip Meeting Hall, 
Ashurst, Skelmersdale. Lanes on 0695 31378 
7.45 pm - 10,30 pm every Tuesday. From begin- 
ner to advanced user. Half year membership 
£2.50 children. £3 adults 

Computer Club 16 Uton Rd, Hastings, East Sus- 
sex " 0424 421480. A l&iitclub dedicated to 

being computer enthusiasts Membership costs 
£15 per year 

Chris's PD Great value public domain compila- 
tions. Send SAE for list. Contact Chris Coaite, 22 
Merryfields Avenue, Hockley, Essex SS5 SAL. 

Darlington Commodore Users Club News, dis- 
counts, etieap PD, advice, newsletter and more. 
Annual membership £5. For further info contact S 

Wheatley, 1 Ruby St, Darlington, County Durham 
0L3 OEN 

Deluxe Chest* Disk User Group Steven Frew at 
96 Campden Green, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 
8HG. Software advice. Updates every 2 months I 
£4 for disk £2 for updates 

East Midlands Amiga User Group Help, advice, 
tutorials. Meet Wollaton Grange Co mm Centre, 
Wednesdays 7-iOpm. Contact Richard Haythom, 
70 Felstead Road, Apsley, Nottingham NGS 3HF 
u 0602 298075 / 873380. Membership fee £5. 

Edinburgh Amiga Group Membership £5, in- 
eludes free advice and PD. Contact Neil McRea. 
37 Kings knowe Road North, Edinburgh EH 14 2DE 
with SAE 

Enfield Amiga dub For info contact Sean Clifton 
«■ 081 8042867 32a Hoe Lane, Enfield, Middx 
Meet, swap, competitions, helping new users 



t PD 'Free' PD if you supply disks and 
postage. Membership £25 per year, £5 per 
month. T McLoughlin, 229 Barking Road, East 
Ham, London E6 1LB » OBI 472 0434 

Eureka PD Small library with friendly service. 70p 
per disk. Contact Uam Allen, 5 Hartwell Close, 
Northampton NN2 8TT 

Exeter 16 Bit User Group Andrew Deeley or Phil 
Treby at 25A Gloucestershire Rd, Exwlck, Exeter, 
EX4 2EF. Meeting every Wednesday 7pm. Pro- 
gramming £6 per annum 

Free PD Club Send disk + SAE for more Info to 
Adrian Porter, 237 Prince of Wales Rd, Manor, 
Sheffield S2 1FG. Free membership 

FST Amiga Club Bi-monthly newsletter, all types 
of activities. For £15 membership you receive 
one free commercial game + one PD disk + 11 
further PD disks, one per month. Contact Tel or 
John, 17 Grasmere Close, Penistone. Sheffield, 
Yorks S30 6HP. 

Fylde Computer Club Ail aspects of computing. 
Meets 7pm, Lostock Gardens Community Centre, 
2nd and 4th Wednesday of month. £15 per year, 
50p on door. Contact Colin Biss, 90 The Es- 
planade, Fleetwood, Lanes FY7 78Q = 0253 
772502 

Galactlk PD Swaps and sells PD. Contact E New- 
some, 10 Crugan Ave, Klnmel Bay, Clwyd LLlfi 
5DG. Demos, music, utilities, games, 99p for cat- 
alogue disk 

Game Swap Club Swap original software and 
hardware. Membership £3, Contact Ade AJIdahun, 
St Andrews House, 125 North Road, St Andrews, 
Bristol BS6 5AH » 0272 240399 

Gamer-Unk international pen-pal club for gamers. 
Free swap service, advice on tips and cheats. Life 
membership £5. Contact Stu, 28 Churchfield, 
Ware, Herts SG12 OEP. 

GFA Basic Forum Contact J Flndlay 
■ 0788 891197 or send SAE to 52 Church Rd, 
Braunston, Nr Daventry Northants NN11 7HQ. 
Free advice on programming In GFA. Also tutorial 

disk for sale. Beginners and advanced users wel- 
come. Free membership 

Gibraltar Amiga Uaefi Club PD library, monthly 
newsletter, disk magazine, competitions, regular 
meetings (in trie John Macintosh Hall), Member- 
ship from £6 per year. Contact David Winder, 7 
Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens, Gibraltar ■ 
010 350 79918 

Guru Meets™ PD demos etc, contact the Sheriff, 
111 Sherboums Rd, Banbury, Wolverhampton, 
WV10 9EU ■ 0902 782277 

Hampshire PD Club Mike Gallienne at 79, Car- 
less CI, Rownes, Gosport, Hants, P013 9PW on 
0705 585323. Public Domain Disks at 35p. 
Monthly competitions, SAE for more info to the 
above address. £10 a year 

Harteya PD Swaparama Public domain swapping 

by mail. Contact G Varney, 140 Weston Drive, 
Otely, West Yorks LS21 2DJ -» 0943 46S896 

Hereford Amiga Group Membership free, help, ex- 



change of PD and shareware. Lotus Turbo 2 Quad 
Player Championship. Contact John Maodonald, 
Alma Cottage, Allensmore. Hereford HR2 9AT ■ 

0981 21414 

Hermit Computer Club Hardware help and infor- 
mation, program swapping. Meetings 7-10pm, 
Mondays, Membership £3 per term, 50p per 
night. Contact John Maynard, Hermit Centre. 
Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex CM 15 SAG w 
0277 218897 

Highland PD Free PD list contains lots of educa- 
tion, business and games disks. Free advice to 
beginners. Contact David Paulin, 255 Drumrossle 
Avenue, Inverness IU2 3SX « 0463 242431. 

HomesoA PD Over 2000 Amiga PD from 20p to 
69p. Send SAE for free disk catalogue. Contact 
Chris Home 23 Stanwell CI, Wlncobank. Sheffield 
S91PZ 

HTS (Malta) Free membership. Contact K Cas- 
sar. Block 1 Flat, 6 H E Ha^miem, Zejtun ZTN07 
Malta ■ 674023 

Hyndbum Amiga Users Club Tuition, advice, PD, 

and more. Meets Mondays, 7pm, at the Canine 
Club, Accrington (£1 on the door). Contact Nigel 
Rigby, 7 Brecon Avenue, Oswaldtwlstle, Lan- 
cashire BBS 4QS » 0254 395289 



i Will make Imagine ob- 
jects of most tarns and supply already-produced 
objects under request. Send SAe for more info. 
Contact Charles Mo, 16 Calder Crescent, 
Taunton, Somerset TA1 2NH. Membership free: 
charge for each object only. 

In Touch Amiga Penpals, contacts, PD, swaps 
£2.50 per year. For more information contact P 
Allen, 0342 835530, PO Box 21, Ungfleld, Suney 
RH7 6Yi 

Independent Commodore Products Users' Group 
Free PD software, 100 page journal, technical 
helplines and discounts. Contact the Membership 
Secretary, PO Box 1309, London N3 2UT » 081 
346 0050 after 6pm, or your local branch: 

Chelmsford ■ David Elliott 0245 460189 
Coventry ■ Will Light 0203 413511 
Dublin w Geoffrey Reeves 010 353 1 288 3863 
Exeter = John Buckle 0392 214760 
Macclesfield ■ Peter Richardson 0298 23644 
Mid Thame* ■ Mike Hatt 0753 645728 
(8-10pm) 

r Anthony Dimmer 0705 254969 
est ■ lohn Blckerstaff 081-651 5436 
South Wales * Ian Kelly 0222 513815 
South Weet ■ Peter Miles 0297 60339 
Stevenage « Briar Grainger 0438 727925 
Stoke-on-Trent •» David Rose 0782 815589 (eve) 
I Bob Rigby 0923 264510 

> Kevin Morton 0532 537318 
wlgan ■ Brian Caswell 0942 213402 

JJC Amiga correspondence course £50 per year. 
Contact PO Box 19, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 
1UF. * 0494 983347 

Kent Youth Computer Group Contact iim Fanning 
■ 0233 629804 North Youth Centre, Essella Rd, 
Ashford, Kent, Meetings at the North Youth Cen- 
tre. Thursdays 7 - 10pm computer fair visits, 
video and DTP work, monthly newsletter Member- 
snip 40p per month 

KTS PD Library Only 80p a disk, Contact J Hicks, 
75 The Drive, Rochford. Essex SS4 1QQ ■ 0702 
542536. Send SAE for catalogue. 

Langham PD Send SAE and blank disk for a free 
virus killer ans catalogue. Contact Richard Payne, 
89 Wolverhampton Road, Codsall. Wolverhamp- 
ton WU8 1PL. 

Lothian Amiga Usm* Group Contact Andrew 
Mackie ■ 0506 630509 52 Bimiehill Ave, Bath- 
gate, W Lothian EH48 2RR Advice and help in 
buying hardware, software etc, group buying, deal- 
ers' circulars welcome. Membership free 



i H/W projects, programming, PD, 
help and advice on all topics, beginners welcome. 
For mare info send SAE to Frame, 26 St Benets 
Road, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9DN 



■ Club Maritime computing, inter- 
act with seafarers ashore on Amigas. Contact 
CDR K Osel, GN Ships Refit Office, 51 Rue de la 
Bretonniere, 50105 Cherbourg, France, ■ 33 
33226447 



I (Trojan Phazer user group) Contact 
David Green. 67 Thicket Drive, Maltby, Rother- 
ham, S Yorkshire S66 7 LB Promotes use of the 
Trojan Phazer, swaps PD and own programs, disk 
magazine 

Master PD PD from 79p, general help. For info 
send SAE. Contact Alan Hines, 44 School Lane, 
Eaton Bray, Beds LU6 2DT. Membership free. 

Mystery Game Swapping Send a game and re- 
ceive a mystery one back. Deborah Tully, 08 Lime 



Court, Pendleton. Salford. Gtr Manchester M6 
5EG 

N Ireland Amiga User Contact Stephen Hamer. 
98 Crebllly Rd, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT42 4DS. 
Disk based mag £2.50 per Issue. Free PD. SAE 
for further info 

New Hell Amiga Users Club Games, graphics, 
music, Workbench programming. Meets 7pm 
every Tuesday, New Hall Social Club. 104 Bury 
Rd, Dawtenstall. Membership £5 per year, under 
16s not allowed. Contact Bill Grundy. 115 Stanley 
St, Accrington, Lancashire ■ 0254 385365 

Numero Uno PD, swapping, competitions, pen 
pals. £3.50/year. Contact Dillon Eyre, 21 Burstall 
Hill, Bridlington. N Humberside Y016 5NP 



i Disk-based newslet- 
ter for Highspeed Pascal users. Free member- 
ship. Contact Colin Yarnall, 93 Manchester Rd, 
Wilms low, Cheshire SK9 2JQ 

Pennine Amiga Club 26 Spencer Street. Keigliley . 
West Yorkshire BD21 2BU. Free membership, 
free advice and a newsletter. Contact Neville Arm- 
strong for more Info ■ 0535 609263 

Perth and District Amateur Computer Society 
For further information contact Alastair MacPher- 
son 137 Glasgow Rd, Perth. Meetings third Tues- 
day In every month, 8pm. General advice, talks, 
Amiga PD. Membership £6 or free for under 16s 

Pete's PD PD from only £1 per disk, Send 50p 
for disk catalogue to Peter Garrett, Chestnut Cot- 
tage, White Uon Road, Amersham, Bucks HP7 
9JR 

Phoenix Demo Coders, musicians, artists and de- 
signers making the best demos. Free member- 
ship. Contact Frank, 46 Hall Road, Chadwell 

Heath, Romford. Essex, RM6 4U » OBI 597 
4661 

Public Domain Exchange Demos, music, utilities, 

animation. Annual fee £8 Contact D McLelsh, 26 
Taunton Ave, Leigh, Lanes WN7 5PT 



i Swaps PD, provides 
advice. SAE to 12 Oxford Rd, Guildford, Surrey 

PUG Contact S Jackson = 0446 772331 White- 
beam Cottage, Trerhyngyll, Cowbridge, S Glamor- 
gan Cheap PD library, swap hints, reviews, 
articles etc. Send an SAE for further details 

Quality Amiga PD Only £1.20 per disk. Send SAE 
for free catalogue to J oh*-, MacLeod, 4 Worcester 

Avenue, Grimsby, South Humberside DN34 5EY 



i Help, Ideas, PC, 
graphics and business. Meets every second 
Wednesday 6.30 pm to 9,30 pm. Contact Ruby 
Anderson » 0294 313624. 

Rebotronlx Amiga Club Bi-monthly newsletter, 
tips, cheats, programming support, advice. Send 
SAE for details. Contact P Symonds, 36 Century 
Road, Cobholm, Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 OBX 
■ 0493 667161, Membership £15 a year. 

Rye Amiga Group Regular newsletter, swap/meet 
at the Rye Community Centre. For info contact 
Oliver Campion, 71 The Mint, Rye, E Sussex 
TN31 7EW ■ 0797 222876 



t PD at 26 Daren Avenue, Rhyl!, Clwyd 
LL18 4LE. BASIC, AMOS. CLI help. Free catalogue 
disk. Membership free xr 0745 343044 

Sherlock PD Quarterly disk mag, help and advice 
for beginners. 50p per disk- A Doyle, 44 Milton 
Street. Warrenpoint, Co Down. N Ireland 



I Link Advice, monthly disk mag, 
PD. Free membership. Contact N Cockayne, 2 
Dodmoor Grange, Randlay, Telford, Shropshire 
TF3 2AW» 0952 591376 

srttingboume Co-op Computer Club Program- 
ming, PD, games, free write-in advice service. 
£10/year, £5 unwaged. Meetings Mondays 
6-9 pm at Mall beneath Regis Suite. Contact 
Andy, Unit 11. The Mall, 121-127 East Street, 
Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4AQ * 0795 842608 

Slim Agnus 115 Brocks Drive, North Cheam, Sut- 
ton, Surrey SM3 9UW. Group meets the last 
Thursday of every month. PD library, BBS, advice 
from Amiga experts. Contact Philip Worrel. 

Software City Swapping, competitions, club mag- 
azine. Membership £8. Contact N Richard's, 9 
Hoi 1 1 s Close, Manor Estate Farm, Rawmarsh, 
Rotherham, S Yorks S62 7LX or ir 0709 526092 

Software Exchange Club Free help and advice. 
Contact Michael Lacey, Fern's Post Office, Ennis- 
corthy, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland 

Software Exchange Service 13 Boumville Lane. 

Stirchley, Birmingham, West Midlands B30 2JY. 
For more Info = Michael Pun 021-459 7576 

South 16 Amiga/ST User Group Bi-monthly disk 
based mag, discounts available from local stares. 



free advice and extensive PD library. £12/year. 
For more info send SAE to PO Box 16. Southamp- 
ton, S09 7AU 

Southend Team Music, PD. Free membership. 
Contact Scotty, 52 Prince Avenue, Southend-on- 
Sea. Essex SS2 6NN ■ 0702 333974 

Southport Amiga Users Advice, friendly evenings 
Mondays at 8pm. No charge, discounts from local 
store. For info contact Michael Mitch am, 5 Eas- 
dale Drive, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside ■ 
0704 79936 



i Wales Club Newsletter, PD library, free 
newsletter, programs, help and advice. For more 
info contact D Allen 53 West Avenue, Trecenydd, 
Caerphilly CF8 2SF 

Steel PD, cheats, ideas, music, art, program- 
ming, hardware mods. Free membership (postal 
only). Contact James Whitehead, 33 Middle 

Cliffe. Delve Crowedge, Sheffield S30 5HB 

Tay-Soft PO Club Non-profit-making postal PD. ad- 
vice, Disk newsletter, Helpline 6-10.30pm. Con- 
tact Dave Thornton, 46 Balmerino Road, Dundee 
DD4 8RR ■ 0382 505437. Membership £2.50 

(free LI tils disk on joining). 



i PD For quality PD come straight to me. 
Send blank disk and SAE. Contact M Hewson, 4 
Boultham Avenue, Lincoln LN5 7XZ ■ 0522 
538706 after 6pm. Membership free; £1.25 per 
disk + 6 Op p&p. 

The Amiga Club Monthly newsletter, competi- 
tions, software exchange, huge PD library, 
cheats, tips, reviews. Contact G Starling, 31 Pine 
Lea. Brandon, Durham DH7 8SR. Membership 
£10 life plus two free games and DCopy. 

The Amiga Studio Friendly, helpful advice for seri- 
ous users of the Amiga. Monthly newsletter, PD li- 
brary, free loan of equipment to members, bar. 
Meets 7pm Tuesdays, Mitchells Club, Scotia 
Road, Tunstall. Contact Dave Rose ■ 0782 
815589 



t Advice on hardware and software. Fred 
Fish PD. Free membership, disks 50p each. Con- 
tact 13 Mavis Court, Ravens Close, London NW9 
5BH 

UK Subs The Hanger BBS, trading post for PD 
f les. swapping. Free membership. Contact Diddy 
/ Aiklight « 0525 B7551B 

Unique Styles Derek at 15 Montgomery Rd, High- 
brooms, Tunbrldge Wells, Kent •> 0892 518319. 
By post only. For Amiga artists, programmers/ mu- 
sicians. Free membership 

Video Visuals Exclusively for video producers, PD 
library, genlocking, digitising, quarterly disk maga- 
zine. Membership £10 per year. Contact Chris 
Brown, 4 Lavender Close, With am, Essex CMS 
2YG 

Wardray Hem Consortium User group for Amiga 
and possibly others. Membership fees to be dis- 
cussed and incurred. PD library to be set up. Also 
Hem connection - worldwide contacts wanted. 
SAE and disk to WardCon Info, (AS) Warren 
Hardy, 21 Stockfield Ave, Fenham, Newcastle 
upon Tyne NE5 2DX 

Warpdrtve Help-line, PD library, bi-monthly disk 
mag, free drinks, competitions and infosheet, 
£15 per year. Contact B Scales 110 Burton Ave. 
Balby, Doncaster DN4 8BB « 0302 859715 

WCSPSAI Help available. PD disk of your choice 
and newsletter every month. PD at £1. Member- 
ship £25. For further info contact A Jamleson ■ 

0749 677609 



r PD Free advice, disks only 90p each. Free 
membership. Contact Willow PD, 2 Longbrldge 
Close, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Basingstoke, Hants 
RG27 ODQ ■ 0256 882654 

Worldwide PD Club Over 2,600 disks held - you 
supply the disks + postage. The best way to get 
PD in BFG (British Forces Germany). Contact Dave 
White, Postfach 3231, 4030 Ratingen 1, or 
Berliner Str 39. 4030 Ratingen 1 ■ (Germany) 
02102 499729, Membership fee DM60 a year or 
DM6 a month, 

Wrexham District Computer Club PD, library, 
equipment loan. lOp to join, 50p to get in. Meet- 
ings at the Memorial Hall, Wrexham every Thurs- 
day. 7-10pm. Contact Paul Evans, 3 Ffordd Elfed, 
Rhosnesi, Wrexham, Clwyd LL12 7LU 

2ymurgy General Amiga computing. Free mem- 
bership. For further info contact A Can-, 39 
Sewlkirk Rd, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 3JB ■ 0473 
725241 

Note: this list Is provided as a free service for 
amateur, ncn-profft -making user groups. Amiga 
Shopper doas not endorse or recommend any 
particular group and cannot be held responsible 
for any lasses or problems you might suffer. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 




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(Professional Standards of PD Distribution). If you are looking 

tor quality, reliability, and speed of deliver)' - Phone Now! 

CENTRAL LICENCEWARE REGISTER 

A selection of the best from the CtR collection. All titles £3.50 unless otherwise stated. 
TYPING TUTOR (ref CLU 03) Our best selling title. Structured lessons, Finger positions, etc. 

ACHORD (ref CLE 05) Popular guitar chord tutor drtcj guitar tuner. 

FASTFRET (ref CLE 15) Scale tutor to develop dexterity ond flexibility for the budding lead guitarist. 

TC. DINOSAURS (ref CLE 01) Popular picture and information educational disk set (2 disks, E4.50) 
TC. GEOLOGY (ref CLE 02) Volcanoes, Earthquakes, etc. The interesting bits I (2 disks, E4.50) 
TC. SOLAR SYSTEM (ref CLE 03) Eorth ond our neighbours. Super NASA pics. (3 disks, £4.99) 
NIGHTSKY (ref CLE 08) Detailed map of the sky from anywhere on earth, with star and planet names. 

ALPHAGRAPH (ref CLU 04) Block, Pie, Line, Scatter, etc. Super graph display system. 

SUPERSOUND 3 (ref CLU 06) Sound sample manipulator. Adjust speed, echo, edit, and more 

WORDFINDER PLUS (ref CLU 0!) Helps solve crosswords, anagrams etc. Large dietary (2 disks, £4.50) 
POWER ACCOUNTS (ref CLU 10) Easy to use bank account program . Keep truck of your spending 
DRAGON TILES (ref CLG 08) Best ever Mah Jong titles game. Many levels, best selling game. 
BULLDOZER BOB (ref CLG 12) Great for puzrleis. Similar to Zeus Dozens of brain teasing levels 
PARADOX (ref CLG 13) Another greet thinking puzzle. Dozens of levels. Nice graphics. 

PUBLIC DOMAIN SOFTWARE 

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PB 020 TEXTENGINE Word processor 

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PG 1 83 CATACOMBE Graphic adventure 
PG190 TOP SECRET Good platform 
PG 1 98 AIRPORT ATC game 
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LYAPUNOV Amazing fractal gen FUNPACK: 1 TO 36 Over 100 PD games 
PC TASK PC emulator on 36 disks! (Disk 1 , wb 1 .3 only) 

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5 disks full of original colour fonts produced to at Ans-'v. There 

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PRINTER USER PACK fl <p) (WW) 4 DISKS £4.20 

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M£0 is widely recognised as the best musx package, PDor 

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Space invaders, Asteroids. Breakout. Tetris + mote! 
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Klondike, Canfieid, Mastermind, Wordsearch, Hangrnan, Pontoon 
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G-car coitechon of the latest hard disk utilities includes HOcUck (menu 
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Also include a Sun memorygame 



HOME BUSINESS PACK {?). 4 DISKS £4,20 

Desij^ed especiaity to* newcomers to business software, this pack 
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Wordprocessor (C£D). Aiso^ included se a 19,50!} word spelling 
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B3%? (P) 600 Business Letters (Superb! - Heady to use) 
B&?(P)ffl rext^n$ine V4 (now thzuer/ Pest wordprocessor 

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B3*7(P) (i) Address print V3 (easy to useaddress label printer) 
B33$ (P) Forms unlimited ( Design itmoices etc, ctuiekfy) 
B33$(P){l)ArGraph V9.Q (new version ■ easygtaphs!) 
83*$ (P) Wbrdpower (Great spdlctiecker with crossword an^ 

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B3& (P) The Money Program VT 5 (Home Accounts with M 

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U437(P)(t) D-Copy V2 (Now an even better disk copier!) 
U473 (P) Typmg Tutor (New! Great features ) 
U495(P) Vtruscrx£htrv$M((he^bmwtekrlier) 
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V4004-(P) Pools Predictor (now upefatied for new pools rules) 
U40SS (P) Printer Dmer* (Q*er JQQ - Most Star * Citizen 
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.04099 (P), Degrader (Turn wpp info WBT.3 - Lets you loaa those 

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U403O (P) Virus Z (kills all known gems!) 
U403 J (?) (t) Twilight Zone (Excellent screen blanker with 6 

mocfufesl) 
U403? (P) Set-Pix (Mate the cofouts you pnnt out exactly like 

the colours on screen!} 
U4Q33 (P)iyapunovia (Creates weird pictures - try Metallic Sci- 

Fi!) 
U4Q36 (Wo 2/3 only) Xick 13 (lets you use fftf ,. 3 software. 

V&y high success ratel) 
0*039 (P) DPaint tutor (easy route to Pro Graphics) 
U4tm(P)(0 disks) Video Backgrounds (geed backdrops for 

Video) 
U404 T (P) Cyclops (great picture generator - fasd) 

GAMES 

06036 (P)(i) Total War (Perfect version of The Rrsk board game) 
G6033 (P) Cybemelix (The best PD game byfaf-like. Defender!} 
C6042 (?) Super fiacman 92 (Easily commercial 

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G604& (P)Act of War i^ufefanD* 1 Arc** Advents - uke laser 

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06050(9} Yacht C (Classic five dice game- new version) 
G60S1 (P) (t) Bndge (The full card same - special A tSQQ version 

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G605$ (P) Wdrdseafch S (Pgood versions wtih loads of putties) 
G6033(t)(m£/3c*tfy)GWO)e$S(excelSent3y!l^^ 

chess game yett) 
G6Q54(t) (W8 2/3 onty)BaktefSGrme (new commercial 

standard Bouiderciash game - bfilltattl) 
G6055(P)(l)kiach iMotel (wonderful platform game- one ot the 

best) 
<S6Q$Q(P)(l}Casb Frw (probably the best fruit machine ever!) 
G6057 (P) (I) Poker (the catd&me - loads of features*) 
(3665$ (P) Ot>rrwyi (brilliant defender arcade game!) 

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Welcome to another 
column, where once 
again we fearlessly 
search out the best 
In Amiga PD, shareware and 
licenseware. This month, I'll be 
looking at some updates to old 
favourites (and not-so-favourltes), 
as well as checking out the new 
releases. So without more ado, as 
they say, down to business... 

HOME BUSINESS PACK 

Anglia PD disks HB1 (4 disks) 

Anglia PD is compiling more and 
more of these collections of related 
PD software - we reviewed the 
Desktop Video Pack back in issue 
17. (Can't live without reading that? 
Check out our back issue service, 
page 95.) Basically, the company 
collects a range of programs around 
a theme - in this case, 'home 
business* - and produces a printed 



long, and it's nice to see that Anglia 
actually has people who know the 
Amiga and give a damn about the 
software that they're selling - too 
many people just slam a couple of 
files on to a disk and charge you a 
fortune for the privilege of 



"if you've never 
used a spreadsheet 
before, you may be 

put of f for life.' 



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discovering that nothing on it actually 
works properly. 

On the first disk are two 
programs: Spread 1.0, a spread- 
sheet (unsurprisingly), and bBase II, 
a database. Let's start with Spread, 






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manual to go with 
them. The manual for 
the Home Business 
Pack contains a 17-page introduction 
to each of the programs included in 
the package, and then a print-out of 
the documentation files for each 
provided by the authors. The walk- 
through not only introduces you to 
the programs, but also describes 
some fundamentals such as 
directory structures - so even if 
you're completely new to computing, 
you should be able to get the hang of 
things without too much trouble. 
The whole manual is 52 pages 




This is bBase II, a powerful, easy-to- 
use database. It won't work on 
512K Amigas, though 

since PD spreadsheets are few and 
far between on the Amiga. Is this the 
hidden gem that we've all been 
searching for? Well... no, actually. 
The program was created by Richard 
Krehbiel; the first version was written 
on a PDP-11 mini-computer (ask your 
grandfather), and in January '88 was 
ported to the Amiga. According to 
Richard, "I had never used a 



RATING THE PROGRAMS 

Just to be awkward, I rate the software that I review in two different ways, 
; depending on what it is. Disk magazines, collections of clip art and the 
■ like are given a 'value for money' rating, since you're essentially paying for,;, 
one thing, or group of things, on the disk. 

Single programs which appear in a collection of others, or programs 
which I've downloaded from bulletin boards, are given a 'program rating', 
which reflects' how good I think they are, taking into account usability, ■.■'*; 

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PD is a general 
term which many people 
incorrectly use to refer to all freely- 
distributable software. In fact, PD 
(which stands for Public Domain) 
software Is only one branch of this 
area; the other main one Is 
shareware. 

Essentially, PD software may 
be copied and used by anyone, 
although some authors place 
restrictions such as not allowing a 
PD library to charge more than a 
certain amount for the disk. 

Shareware, on the other hand, 
should be treated more like 
commercial software. Although 
you are allowed to copy and pass 
around shareware programs, if you 
like one then you should pay the 
requested fee to the author - It's 
normally around £15 or less, and 
often entitles you to an upgraded 
version or a printed manual. Paying 
your shareware fees encourages 
software authors to write more 
programs - and if they don't, the 
Amiga scene will be a poorer 
place. Don't think thai you're 
paying money for nothing, either - 
often hundreds or even thousands 
of hours of work have gone Into 
creating a program, and it's only 
right that the programmer receives 
some reward for his or her work. 

The third branch of software 
that we cover here is called 



licenseware. 

This is a form of 
shareware which is licensed to one 
(or more) PD libraries. In essence, 
when you buy a licenseware 
program you are buying shareware 
and paying the license fee at the 
same time. For this reason, you 
should treat any licenseware that 
you buy exactly as you would treat 
a piece of full-price commercial 
software - don't pass ft around to 
your friends. You've only bought 
the right to use ft yourself. 

Can f pass other people copies? 

Yes - that's the way that PD 
reaches a wider audience. Just 
make sure that you have followed 
the author's requirements for 
distribution. These are normally 
things like not charging more than 
a certain amount for the disk, not 
altering the program, or making 
sure that all the original docu- 
mentation is Included on the disk. 

You can also pass on 
shareware - but not any registered 
copies of programs. If, when you 
pay your shareware fee, the author 
sends you an improved version of 
the program, then be careful not to 
give that out. Only pass on 
unregistered shareware. 

You should not, of course, pass 
on licenseware - ft should be 
treated in the same way as 
registered shareware. 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1 993 



spreadsheet, so I designed Spread 
with few pre-conceived notions about 
how it should work. As far as I know, 
Spread bears little resemblance to 
any other spreadsheet," This doesn't 
bode well for starters - I mean, who 
wants a package which is totally 
different from anything eise on the 
market? Still, launching Spread 
doesn't result in too many shocks - 
there's a fairly typical rows-and- 
columns display, along with places at 



Combine the fact that this doesn't 
happen with the very few, limited 
formulae {Sum is about the only 
built-in formula, in fact, and even it 
seems to work in a particularly 
perverse way) and you're in for a 
great deal of repetitive typing before 
you've got anything like a working 
spreadsheet. Finally, and to add 
insult to injury, there isn't even a 
decent load/save file Requester built 
in - you've got to type in the full path 




Correct word 
Correct mi Odd 



bitptane 

bitfUites 

birthplace 

britain 

balance 

bite 

bane 

balanced 



Check your spelling with AZspeil, 
one of the programs in Anglia's 
Home Business Pack 

the bottom of the (initially NTSC- 
or American TV-sized) screen to 
enter text into a cell, and 
assign it a name. 

It's only when you start 
to use Spread that the 
oddities rear their ugly heads. 
For example, when you create a new 
spreadsheet, the cells are defined 
neither as formula cells (for numbers 
or formulae), nor as text cells. To 
enter data into any cell, you must 
first go to the Cells menu and define 
it (or hit Right-Am iga-T) before you 
can start typing. This is fine for the 
first couple of times, but try creating 
a whole spreadsheet and you'll soon 
get heartily sick of the process. Why 
not initially set all cells as being 
formula cells, and allow the user to 
change that to Text whenever 
necessary? Better 

yet, why not have mmotmh^^m 
the program be 
intelligent enough 
to work out what 
you're entering? 

The most 
serious limitation 
as far as I'm 
concerned 
(overlooking things 
like the fact that ^ ™~ •— 
the whole sheet can only be a 
maximum of 60 rows by 36 columns) 
is that copying and pasting isn't 
'intelligent'. That is, if I copy a 
formula from column 1 which adds 
up all the values in that column and 
paste it Into column 2, I want the 
formula to change so that it's now 
adding up the values in column 2. 




"You may find these 
are all the 'home 

business' programs 
you ever need/ 1 



When you have to 

know how many affirmative 

clauses you've used, ask Statistics. 

name yourself. 

I suppose that many of these " 
gripes are unfair to a program written 
back in the dark ages of 1988, but if 
you've never used a spreadsheet 
before you tackle Spread, you may 
well be put off for life. The Anglia 
manual says that the program "lacks 

a great deal of 
hhhbbi refinement", and 
that "it will allow 
you to decide if 
purchasing a 
commercial 
spreadsheet makes 
sense." It certainly 
won't become your 
financial planning 
tool of choice, 
^~ ^~ "— ■— that's for sure. 

Moving on, the second program 
on disk 1 is an old favourite of mine, 
Robert Bromley's freeware database 
bBasell 5.5, It's a fast, easy-to-use 
database which can cope with up to 
nine fields and 600 records (or a 
database of around 125K, whichever 
is the least). Each record can 
optionally have around IK of 'notes' 



(that is, any text you want) 
associated with it. 

bBasell is as fully-featured as 
Spread is sparse. Printing mailing 
labels, sorting records, copying 
records to CLIP:, printing individual 
records, a filtered list or the whole 
database, adding and deleting fields 
and records easily. ..the list goes on. 
The program multi-tasks well, and as 
long as you don't need more than 
one line of text per database field, 
can be highly recommended. The 
only thing which may limit its use is 
that it requires at least 1Mb of RAM 

- it won't work on a 512K Amiga, 

Disk two of the collection 
contains three programs: QED, a text 
editor; AZspeil, a spelling checker; 
and Statistics, a program to analyse 
and output a range of statistics 
about a text file. 

QED is fast, and relatively easy 
to use. Although really designed as a 
text editor (there's copious support 
for things like indenting lines), it's 
perfectly usable as a word processor 

- you can format text, word wrap and 
all the other common requirements. 
AZspeil is a reasonable spelling 

checker, with the neat feature that 
text scrolls along the 
bottom of the 
screen as it's 
being checked - 
so you always 
see a suspect 
word in context, 
which helps you 
decide whether it's 
actually correct or 
not. (On the other 
hand, I suspect that 
displaying the text in this 
way slows things down 
rather.) If you want to try it 
for yourself, you'll find AZ 
Spelt on this month's cover disk. 

Finally on this disk, Statistics, by 
Nioo Max, is a curious little program. 
Given a text file, it will tell you the 
number of letters, words and average 
number of letters per word in the file. 
Vou are also told the number of 
normal sentences, number of 
interrogative clauses and number of 
affirmative clauses, along with the 
average number of words per 
sentence. Quite why you want to 
know all of this (and, indeed, quite 
what on earth an affirmative clause 
is, and how the program checks for 
it) is beyond me. But if you find 
yourself pining for the lack of such 



knowledge, pine no more. 

Disk three contains the statutory, 
and dreaded, home accounts 
program - in this case, Account 
Master 2.0, which was reviewed in 
Issue 19 of Amiga Shopper. It has 
cute scrolling screens, it will 
automatically enter regular payments 
such as direct debits on the correct 
day, and so on. Regular readers will 
know that I'm not a great fan of 
home accounts programs, but if you 
disagree with me then Account 
Master is a perfectly reasonable 
example of the genre. 

The fourth and final disk in the 
set contains Ciickdos, a basic disk 
navigation utility in a similar vein to 
SID et al, and DCopy, which is 
probably the best looking - and most 
technical - disk duplication program 
on the market. Ciickdos is a good 
introduction to file navigation 
programs, but it really is too basic to 
be of much use to anyone but the 
beginner. DCopy, on the other hand, 
is scary in the extreme. Whatever 
you want from your disk copier, this 
program will do it- in spades. It also 
looks great. 

All in all, Anglia's Home 
Business Pack is good value for 
money - the pack costs £4.20, and 
the manual an extra £2.99. Not all 
the programs are brilliant, but (with 
the exception of Spread) they should 
give you a good insight into what's 
available - and you may well find that 
they're all the 'home business' 
programs that you ever need. 

Value for money 10/10 

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you need to get hold of a program 
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Benchmark, by LaMonte Koop. This 
freeware program will test any aspect 
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from maths performance through 
graphics, CPU, co-processor speed 
and so on. All test results are 
compared against 'standard' 
machines, and displayed both as 
numerical data and as a histogram. 

The documentation for this 
program is extremely detailed, and 
includes loads of information on 
computer systems in general and the 



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If you've written - or discovered - any PD, shareware or licenseware that 
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BA1 2BW. Alternatively, you can contact me on cix as 'iwrigley', or on the 
internet as 'tan@vampire.demon.co.uk'. 



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Amiga in particular. It discusses 
different types of benchmarking 
procedures, and gives pros and cons 
for each. If you're computer-literate 
but new to the Amiga, this is worth 
getting for its discussion of the 
Amiga's hardware alone. 

The actual tests can take quite 
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likely to take an hour or more on a 
68000-based machine such as the 
A500. Options are available for 
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There are a number of 
performance comparison programs 
around, but AtBB must be just about 
the most fully-featured of the lot. My 



"\ t will read any 

text file and just 

extract the relevant 

information." 



only criticism is that it only works in 
NTSC screen mode - so I guess that 
some of the 'absolute' comparisons 
with the program's built-in values for 
other machines may be slightly 
different. On the other hand, if you're 
only going to use the program to 
compare Amigas that you can 



actually run it on, that's no problem. 
Got an inferiority complex? Then 
get a copy. 

Program rating 9/10 

COOK & STITCH 

George Thompson Services 

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anything which 



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KingFisher: an easy-to-use, 
elegant program for cataloguing the 
Fred Fish disks - all 800-odd of them 

includes information on brewing, 
cooking and sewing is just about 
eclectic enough for me! 

The disk consists mainly of plain 
text files (the FuliView text browser is 
included), although there are a 
couple of programs too. The 
contents are: 

• Bon Appetit - a demo of a 
shareware 'recipe manipulation 
program*. In fact, this program turns 
out to be a database program: enter 
'dessert' and it'll list any recipes that 
you've entered. It claims to deal with 
files created by CompuChef, 
QuikBook and MeaiMaster- all 
similar programs for different 
computers - but I had great difficulty 
in doing anything much at all without 
the program bombing out. "Why 
should I throw out my good old index 
cards?" asks a section heading in 



the documentation. My answer? 
Don't. 

• Diet Aid - a calorie-counting 
program. The documentation from 
the author is rather sparse, and 
although someone else has added 
an extra explanatory file, it's still not 
exactly easy to use. 

• HyperCook - a HyperBook-based 
recipe database. It's 
a very cut-down 
version, in fact, of a 
recipe database - 
only a couple of the 
recipe categories 
are present, 

'. including the 
intriguingfy-named 
"Drinks and 
smoothies.'' 
• Simple Cook - 
billed as "an 
example of using 
a simple text file 
approach to 
filing recipes", 
this is, in fact, 
just... er... a text file of 
recipes. Did we really need to be told 
how to do that? I think not. 

• Home Brewer - make your own 
drinks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic. 
This is a basic text file of recipes 
(again); my favourites are the ginger 
beer recipes, one of which includes 
in its ingredients "1 kerosene tin of 
water". Hmmm... 

• Stitchery - a demo of a shareware 
cross-stitch pattern generator which 
takes IFF pictures as its input. 

This disk is good for a laugh - but 
not, sadly, for much else, unless 
you're an avid recipe collector. And 
even then... 

Value for money 5/10 

KINGFISHER 

George Thompson Services 

There are now over 800 Fred Fish 
disks available, and keeping an up- 
to-date list of what's on them is no 
longer a trivial task. KingFisher, by 
Udo Schuermann, is an elegant way 



to do just that, supporting features 
such as allowing the database to be 
split across a number of disks 
(essential if you're using floppies, 
since the number of Fish disks 
available means that the database is 
huge), adding new Fish disk details 
automatically from the Contents files 
on those disks, outputting the data 
to a file or printer and so on. 

Adding details about the 
contents of a new disk is, in fact, 
rather impressive. Since many 
people obtain the details from e-mail 
or internet news groups, the program 
will read any text file and 
automatically ignore headers, 
signatures and the like, just 
extracting the relevant information. 

As well as just browsing in disk 
details you can, of course, search for 
a specific program in a number of 
ways, such as by file name or by text 
in the description. You can search 
for up to six text strings, and specify 
the range of disks to be searched if 
you wish. A very useful feature is the 
'Version' search, which will find other 
versions of a program you've found. 
So if you got, say, the LhA archiving 
program from disk 577 and want to 
know if there's been a later release, 
just click on the Version button and 
you'll almost immediately be taken 
to disks 593, 637 and then 715 - ail 
of which contain updates to the 
program. Dead smart. 

As supplied to me, KingFisher 
contained the contents of all the Fish 
disks from 1 to 798 - which is pretty 
impressive, given that at the time of 
writing disks 801 to 810 had only 
just appeared. Documentation from 
George Thompson Services included 
on the disk says that the company 
will update your database if you 
return the disks every four weeks 
with enough postage to cover their 
return - service indeed. 

Value for money , 9/10 

FILE AND HD UTILITIES 6 

PD Soft disk V978 

This is another of PD Soft's 
collections of utilities for managing 
your disks and files, and contains a 
number of different programs. The 
value of collections such as this 
depends largely on what you already 
have - if you only need one of the 
programs, you're probably just as 
well getting it from a Fish disk or 
something similar, since at least 
there might be something else on 
the disk which you can play with. On 
the other hand, beginners or people 
new to PD will find such collections 
invaluable - assuming that 
everything works. Read on... 

First off on this disk is DiskMate 
by Malcolm Harvey. It's a multi- 
tasking disk copy and erase utility 
which will only work on AmigaDOS 



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[program designed lor cNldren. 
Ilr-dudes various colours & speoch. 
I JJf V584 FASTFAOS, Everything you 
lever needed to know Qk&J ihe SO Of 
Isvsrem WOBUWWP Produces diffenen! 
Isflrrs of ,Vods. PLANETS Insrom locolions 
I J* VT74 AJAOS LESSON 1 The beSl 
lArnos Tutorial: program. (APOIS'I 
I JJC V791 KCS GAMf5 l^ludes 
■Geography, Malh. Sce-iD and Wore 
■Games. Also co-moms 'A'hee; of fortune. 
I_l* V793 AMIGA BKHNNER Vnu osk- 
led fnr it 1 Alulorinl far the beginner on 
I using your Amiga' Covers CLI & WB 
1 J* VB24 HJEMENT v3.0 NiLe nlerrxt- 

I ve dispby c f tie Pe'icdic Taste ol ElemetWS. 

I Jtf VS2S WORLD DATA BANK v2.2 

J Using o doiobase cl coordinates of the CI £'s 
lit dors world map's n qfRndrfcoJ or spherica 
Ip'oeCs. yoteus degrees cf mrcnif col or 

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Iselect Wop's, and oil inFormatiOn 
Isurroundmg ihe Desert Storm Attack. 
lax VM9 LANGUAGE TUTOR vl -fl 
Kpanish, French. German & Italian. 
I JX V881 SECOND WORU) WAR 
■Excellent Informalion p-rodudion 

IjX V9QB DELUXE PAINT TUTOR X: 

lyou had DPaint, Then learn la use it. 
Ilix V927 cu tutor Hefpfci I program 
llo understand hcwTouseCLi/Shell 
I JX V932 GCSE MATHS ArlQitlS prog 
I lo help w1h the GESE maths course. 
■I JX VP40 MATHSADV Simple math 
Iprculems to solve REFIEXTE5T esis 
1 u Jdnoi i su j'i uitiQi a multiplication. 
I JX VMfl AMKjA RRST START Help 
|on any subject you want.+ Easy Start. 
|J)f VV44 AMIGAWORLD £ oala base 
Irhai contains information about ewery 
lcounr:y on Ear h. Compare ceurrss 
I JX LP29 BIG TOP FUN A proas lo help 
Ithiklrgri v.irTi words £ pictures E4.99 
I JX tP37 ROCKET MATHS Times 
|Tables. Takeaway, Add up i divide £4.W 
IjX LP45 MUSIC BOX '.VriKtfifor OOfts 
■7+. Explains notes ek. Also contains. 
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lux lf-51 magic young artist a 

H - >;■? rnlouring book program for younger 
lArrvtga Us*rs. Apx 30 pictures, 
I JX LM9 PREHISTORIC FUN Who 
1 likes nosaurs? Everyone. Four great 
I ycir.e-s tjuahii men.! !>:.:;aurs£4.99 
I JX LP113 UNDERSTANDING 2 Learn 
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IJX IP1TP WPEE Perieci plalfotm game 
lloi childife-v.tiithfeahjreso Shinuteros o 
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I JX LP122 TELL THE TtME Many 
jciildrcr have difficulty learning how 
llo 1efl the Siiue. Help B a1 hard £3.99 

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lround screens k? ynxifdeo proOuClions. 
IfViany *vpes of graphic styles. P*il 'akes 
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|grOk.nd pictures for video producn'o - , 
I JX V5I7 VIDEO DB Program Jar keep- 
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I ike a mini Ar' DEPT Toodt On Top 
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|UX V519 VIDEO: STHLLSTORE Used 

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t VA*7 VIDEO WIPES A teff&Cf.or, cA 
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|P?cs as bock grounds Oi. r«olulions 

I JX V629 VIDEO PRODUCTION 3-4 
jThi?. is ;h? n J esl collection of the New 
I video reiated uh lilies. Excellent \i\ 

I JX V86B GENETATED ART E«e!len1 

Jcolledion ol back ground pictures. 

■ JX V874 VIDEO TIUEH PSOOLJCTKTN 
lUti lilies for generating video Titles. 

■ JX L27 VIDEO TDTJURES L>ke Black 
Imarble. BrickWark, Eaugtilce. Marble, 
IrileS, Water ripples 5- Wood £3.50 

I JX FFP10 FLETCHER FONTS A three 
■disk pack of 50 - 1DTJ poinfl 6 colour 
■Video Fonts. Induces temp ales £9 ■ 

■ Ml 'I'm 'n — 

f VT* THE AQUARIUM Turns your 
|screer inioonevecokhna. ; is.i lane. 
NT STUDIO Excellent for 
■p-inlim graphic piclureS or jusl 1ext 
VT9I MASTER VIRUS KILLER V.rus 
decker & Killer. With Excellent options 
~ V21S DKKMASTER vS.2 Copies 
Ifiies from one disk to another. 
JXVZ62 DUPUCATWN & BACKUP 
JSuper Duper.Turbo copy, Sorilrycooy 
1& PCopy. Four new disk copiers. 

JX V277 FORTRAN-77vl.3c Com- 
Ipiler. linker &, run time support libs. 
JX V279 CROSSWORD CREATOR 
■Creoles crasswo/ds UPOATOVHSDN 
I JX V2&4 MCAD PROGRAM The 
■Object Drawng Program, ie CAD. 
| JX V29B NORTHC vl r J Kh? Complete 
C language with all Mes needed [21 
If V30T EYE OF THE BEHOLDER The 
Ihint^ook wilh Maps, S r rolegy& Sdutoi 
JX V323 ANALTKALC SPREAD 
IEET The best spread sheet \Z) 
|JX V332 AAWjA PUNT PROGRAM 
iPredicl which horse will win the race 
1 JX V339 SPECTRUM EMULATOR 
JDcla Disk 1. The Adventure Classics 
f JX V35Q BUSINESS CARD MAKER 
Design you' own Susmess carefs 

JX V366 400 BUSINESS LETTERS 

>ver 600 Standord Business letlers 
< V390 DESK TOP PUBLISHING 

fextra fealures.Texf & Graphics Editors 
JX V392 AMICA5H &ANK3N Tne best 
lankin program lhai I hove gva mad 
' X V394 CHEME5TFTICS v2.M drciAs 
■molecules Msrgihe ca;ole model. 
i JX V401 wifJdowbench *t,o ffl 
TAn excellem Workbendi 2 reolace- 
tt/ UpgroaeforollWBv'T.3 users, 
t V413 WORKSTATION Nat,us1 
>olher vVB done. Il's a calleclicr o! 
It^ElieswilhrTipWorkh^r^lheme (2) 



||J V420 CURSOR BASIC COMPILER 

Compile any Amiga Basic program 

E3K V424 ANTI-FUCKER Sokf to slop 

ihe flicker in High Res mode during 

some Am qa i:::qrar' ol:eratiUrlt. 

rat V444 PRINTER DRIVER DISK III 

contains ifislruelions ors how to 

mstal them includes over 90 

JX V479 CHESS & CHES5 UTILITIES 

i collc-c-iei of chess related Puzzes 

V4B4 ADVENTURE SOLUTIONS 

[2) Solutions for various games 

JX V4B9 AMIBASE PROFESSIONAL 

y2.0 laresl uvston ol the excellent 
Database progam. MEW features 

jx V490 MESSY SID vi.O Will r^ad 
MS-Doa disks. Transfer any text fifes 
to & Irom Ihe PC. So you con do work 
art an IBM or an Amiga & swap text. 
JX VS 21 PLOTTING 4 GRAPHKS 
PLOTXX A oowerf jI full featured 
plotting prog PLANS A campuler 
aided arahirg prc-g Requires ARP 
JX V5 22 ARP VU : CoTiman v^} 3e 
iVvakes many improvemenls to Dos. 
Incluctos full developers Qoirie. 
JX VS23 DICE C COMPILER (2) 
Mollhew Dillons full featured power- 
ful L compiler ^. cr.vi.'or.meni sysrem 
JX VS34 CATALOGUE UTHJT1ES A 



seledion o J Icon c^ip Arr lor '^ur '.VFJ ->^. 
JX V731 AMOSBftOT vl.Ta Wore 
fiOCtnl types which include LOCjcSliC 
Ewafion, Coast lines S> Irees 

J« V73Z WB V2.04+ UTILITIES FPIc 
LXlopy, Bool Menw, Scereiy, Hyrje. 
JX V73 3 SOFTWARE LISTER vl.6 

This program is designed to keep- a 
Iradtol y^otir Software collection. 
JX V742 ONUNE vl.4 Program will 
atow you to find cheats within games. 
J«V743 TERM v2.3 ?esl Lomrrtunica- 
tcms program for use with WSvS.O'i-* j2| 

JX F691 THE PROFESSIONAL C 

MANUAL v3.0 This is tie b'aesi r-jlsroi 
zi d:cuTe:-IS. E?:u'n^ £S £ ul ih5S n C I'm Ihe 
\miga. $ consists of s« rrarfjds, wilh more 
thars 4ft chapters. I75 hilly i^ularie exanv 
des cumplele wlh source codss. [5\ 
JX V7 57 AMI0A06C vl.61 Creoles / 
converts your Amigo into a card 
Dotabase system Very wet done. 
JX V75B TEXTPUJS v4.De Anplhef 
update of this excellent vVord pro- 
cessor progrofn. Requires Hord drwe 
JX V7S9 TEXT ENGINE rt.4 Update 
er; ■.srsion ol ihe Word p*rocessof 
wi'h AZSPELL. F-^ceHerit spell crveclter 
'JX V761 A-GENE v4.1B The Icriesl 
version, of the popular cjeneotogy daU' 



colledion ol jhlir'es used to Colrjlog oase program. By Mike Smpson 

disk' Video & Tape collections [2) 

J V547 PRINTER DRIVER GENERATOR 

A selec?iofi of uli'ilies wilh various 

e^cellenl Prinrer Driver Generators. 

JX V569 DUNGEON MAPPER vl.1 You 

con design tops, for dungeons & TOMnffl |v2.0 Excellent Workbench replace 



JX V762 BBASE v5.5 Database wilh 
loods ol fenli.rH:, ord il ,i easy lo UM. 
JX V770 ACCOUNT MASTER v2.T2 
Fxcellenl Amos v«- "$■■ A-l-ljuiiI j'Ojjum 
J« V773 WBv2.M WfNDOWBENCH 



.JX VS73 FILE & HD HDCIickv2.0. 
Selector lo make HD Menus wflh god 
yds.. FiloMirdoi. foi rriaii'Jaii'n'y V es 
^Directories DosCo-ntrol. Combines 
functions ol many separate tools. [2) 

JX V575 HOME BUSINESS PACK 

Excellent s^ec'D.-i ol unlirles based on 
-■;yj process n g, Jota Manag-errenr, 
ipreaaSheels. Accounts & Prirrling. W) 
JX VS B3 ICONEDITOR HI v2.0. Can 

Creole icons uplo 640xZ0D p i xe ls, 
icons. Edit & Creole any Amiga icon. 

JX V5B7 GEUGN ITE FONTS (2 1 A 

selecrion of fonis for use w*th any 
DTP Package o* Dpoint disks. 

JX V610 GOLF SCORES v1,64 It will 
record each round you play. Store il, 
mate up an eclectic score NEW! 
JX V61) FOOTBAU LEAGUE EDITOR 

vl.1 Wanl 'D upcote vour tec^is league 
pcsilionaslheresulls con-en NcrAtOO 
JX V620 ASPKE v3.2 Circuit Analysis 
A f j leolured OfOiram for e!eC" C drcui! 
JX Vd21 EDWORD v2.2 is a fully 
foaiured &. operohonol wora processor 
□ V624 NIB COPIER v2.0 Wil copy 
^Amigatlos. index Nibble modes, 
search mode & speciol parameter COM 

JX V627 DPAIMT FONTS NO'S t-» 

. ifThe lalest selection Foots for use 
wilhi any ff F Painning / DTP Progrom. 
J V63S IBeM EMULATOR vl.OS Is 
o CGA Co'ou 1 l&M-FC E-nuldor written to 
run on om Amiga. Shareware version 
JX V&60 HOME MANAGER TMs is 
greof all in one address bookwtlh an 
inventory database 8. To-do list 
JX V461 VERTEX Allows vou to create 
3d cfctecls wilh-oul using Ihe X, tf JZ 
views. Loads Sculpt Jd/4d &. Turbo S ■•-':< 
V££2 DCOiPY v3.0 PRO Yau con 
selecl ihe speed ol ihe c ! s>-; drive. Copy 
modes, Dos, Nibcopy, Ver £ safecopy 
JX V6M MODEUJNG OBJECTS [2) 
Conlains over 20 vector objecls In 
Imoge formal, Peffec! with Disk V6-61 
JX V67B DRAW MAP v4.1 12] Yeu 
can qenerole viwld ,tk:os in detail. 
JX ?Mb JX 1 ,2Mb or JX 1Mb 
JX V681 GAME TAMER v2 .2 Get a hold 
0? Ihor extra hprd gar"e& C h *al. 



rnem tor alE WB *flj)4+ Users J2) 

JX V777 VOICE CU vS.2 TN idW is k> 

con''c "^c C.l-'Shel! -,-viih your vw- voice. 
JX V77B RAYSHADE v4 Q Complex 
Roy iractog package 2Mb (3] 
JX V7&2 FORMS Geare. tdil. Draw 
Colour & prinl your Own forms 
JX V7&3 PROGRAMMING TOOLBOX 
Many progroms "a ttefe In your devefop- 
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JX V7B4 AREXX (2j TwO disks which 
ecrilain Are^x programs & examples 
JX V7B6 PASCAL "-.i diskconluirtS 
everything needed to program in Pascal. 
rjiaVldes o63k 6BO00 assembler & more. 
JX V787 PROGRAMMER TOOLS 
GadToolslo design your user interface to 
your own pfco/arrt using oil ol Amiga 
XJ5 2 Gh new feoK.. r es Also RegTools 
V790 AWMATlON UTLS Induces 
CyraUtils for splitting, combining, and 
creatine animations f^om SF p-cture files 
jx vf9i DBKTORTULTSindudesihe 
mosl powc^u: and hig- y fKon-^encec; 
prnqrcnwhKTh ore designed lo moke 
CLI & Shell losfc virtually cbsofele. 
JX V794 GRINDER A complete ■; ft :>■ k 
conversion package ihof supports GIF. 
Jpeg. Alari S1 iNeochrome I Degas! PCX. 
Tarco. TIFF. Ham-E and IFFFctnnal pics. 
JX V797 EASY AMOS PROGS |2| 

Ccolan KL'ceccde'C'' use-vh Ehv Aires. 
JX V799 ADVENCED UTiLi Ser Net & 

ParNei. Connect 1 Amiga 5 share resour- 
ces via Ihe serial ! Parallel ports Mymenu 
Puts menus an your Workbench screen. 

JX VflOl 100 PRO PAGE FONTS TheSSS 

fonis o r e1or usewith P'o Page & have be 
c-ecsed v/\\b 1he Tanl c-oh-verls program 
which comes with Pro Page!. 
J* VflM WB v2 04 UtlUTES |Z} This 
s ihe our second daufedisk collection 
si W& v2.(M+ uHitres that lake advantage 
sf the NEW machines capabilities. 
veiiELECTROCADvt.42 4 
PROTOYPEfti-:T r ie r Ur:cnledc _ Ihe 
:ad i iledronics d'owrg Programs. 
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Prinier ■Dm'ers S Canon Sludio, Gives 
better prWil output far cry 5 pin ptinler. 
JX VB14 PC TASK vUT is a software 



JX V4B4 FONT CHARACTER EDITOR fcM-PC £m«lalor. Allows vou to run the 



vl.Oj Also conta ns other Llililies. 
JX VfiflS ASTRO PRO ASTROLOGY 
Best Aslrology Drag an *"he .Amiga by fex. 
JX Vifli MULTIDOSvT.12 After rhis 
program has bec^. installed your.Ajruga 
drives can then read 72Dk IBM Disks. 
JX VMS MAGNETIC PAGES vl 30 
Creoles dgk based taoojiines wih crash cs 
J« V690 WB v2.04 UnUTES |2) This sel 
:oilahs lie crcg rams fiol should hcvE been 
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JX V492 RACE RATER vl.6 Program for 
people who wort info aboui horseraces. 
JX V6W POST vl .7 Posferat irte^relei 
rtl-iLi- iinue-re-ls li-eA::ol:« '(ir^uOTe ARP 
JX V6 9Q AGRAPH v2.0 Brings The 
bVOrkJ a Cheap draw Bar, Line. Area & Pie 
chart producrov preser-talion program. 
jx woo perm check Cesigned lo take 
(fan out ol meckrg pkns kir wrnrvj Ires 
JX V70T STRATA vTO Is o landscape 
generating prog Allows printing from 
orry angle position or magnification 
jx V702 EASY RAMOS FOR EAST 
AMOS Updo le for Easy Amos user's. 
JX V703 AMOS UPDATER DISK vl .34 
A major upoale folhe sofsware, Diredfy 
ipeale AlVCiSrtstolled on a hard disc 
JX V704 AMOS COMPILER vl.34 
Second AMOS Compiler Updrjle. 
JX V705 MED V3.2T Excelleni ^pdore 
tolhe famous mirsc prograri ,vec 
JX V710 AREXX TUTORIAL Ir^ludes 
several sample Areia scnpls & sample proas. 
ARew comes Iree en oil WB srZ.Ofl-* daks 
JX V711 UMX Conlains a working 
demo of Minix, A Unix, worikalike. 
Mlnix Is system coll compalaule 
J4JV713 COMUGRAPHK: FONTS 
Will work vt\\h 'Ctvir. vA. I. ProPoge, ?uoe 
slream, Pogeseher& Workbench v2'.04*. 

JX V71S THE COMPLETE BIBLE Wilh 

ihe emire text ol ^he Ne^YTes'omen'i 
& Torah laid Testament). 1Mb IS) 
JX V71B SPECTRUM EMULATOR 
vl.4 Which is NOW 11 3 times frjsJer 
Requires a spectrum computer once. 
JX V7T9 FREECOPY vl.8 Remwes 
protected games copy protedlon so 
1ha1 the user Con inSlall 1hem on HD. 
JX V720 DI5KPWNT v3.ST A doro 
dn or -.is & slores ass labels 
JX ¥724 PRINTER DRIVERS v4 This 
rs en updoled Drve's diss Canon 
LPB, Cancm Bubble iers & Star 9 pin 
JX V727 ART OF MED 2 A anolher 
excellent selec? of Med tones. 

JX V730 ICON MANIA Ar exceller.1 



majDrfty of l&M software 'wth NO addir- 
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JX VB1S FILE & HD MANAGEMENT 
2 : Di-Wort vT.42 File copier.MegaD 
Anolher NE;v Update en an excellent 
File coper like Ihe NEW Dsk MOSler 
Pro II in rPs Operations. Also conlains 
loods ol otlef programs to hefej ouf (2] 

VB17 ASOO PLUS EMULATOR AS 
ir sn-jrds wil let vl 3 i vl.2 owners 
nun WB v2.04+ software vwth oul any 
reed lo ourchase 10 WB v2,0+ chips 
J« VSlv tCONAUTHOR vl 06 k "at a:s- 
menlfcf konErJi2.U. H tan tonsfomi tfFor 
brushes into resized 2-BilEane bmshes or 
icon ties Ihgl makh he WE i2 "3^+- colours 
JX VB20 BB6BS vS. 7 Baud '±:--z.\ 
bulletin Board Syslem Flures include up to 
99 file ' br ones nterface to exlra devices 
JX VA21 SNOOPDOS vl.S Monitor 
AmigaDas calls &. allows vou to see whoi 
library, devices, lonlsare required. 

J« VB22 ABACKUP v3.77 A hard 



p program that lectures, rrulll- 
enve BippHt WlMckup, compression. 
JX VB23 PGWERPUVBiv3.4 ver.- power 
fu| user .' sysiem friendly module doyer. |i can 
hande leartf ol nodde Enrols Kin "ead FP 
nodutes & ccmes w3h its awn crunch er. 
_ VB2A AHDM v3.4 Hard Drive 
Menu When ploced in your stortup- 
sequence. oners o 16 poge menu, each 
cage hawvg upto H) poss*le actions. 
JX VB27 REPAIR-IT; NfwZ»y3J r A 
Tuhi SKlu file edrtrts syslem FIXD6K t\X 
ismer's as mucii ai posscle from a aete= 
:KveriskaSKSALVEvl.4Z.CrerJtescinewlil2 
>ysiem srudure en onather device, wWi as 
TfjCh defla sdMNBd liqm Ihegrqinaldevke. 
JX VB41 MODUiA-2 Cafitams 
modula-2 larauuqeon IheAmiao. 
JX VB42 SO V2.01 FILE MANAGER 
jid can be used far vorious operations. 
The best tile copier on the Amiga. 
JX VB44 DEUTRACKER vt.3 Powerful & 
v,':,ie:in ''■ endty music player. Will ploy 
nve' in c lerenre types o^ modules. 
JX VB45 Q.M J vS.31 Will oerero'e 
jUio sors & complex Quaternion Julia 
slices. Displays manaelbrols. 
JX VB46 SCbPtOUS MAPPER An 
excellenl Cungeor ^coping pfogram 
JX V8 47 MONEY MANAeEMENT 
vl.OT Tne homeaccomni package 
which allows you 10 keep irock of 
up*o T2 accouns smultaneoifsly 

JX VB4B SUDE5HOW GENERATOR 

vJ.I Creates sJictoshaws of pldures in 
various formcrts for the orrwga. 



JX VBSO FRAC VI J is a graphical 
Role ploying dame creator. 
JX VBS'i PICTURE TOOLS COrweris 
Pictures to olher fprmals and styles. 
JX VBS7 POSTSCWFTERS Down 
loads Postscript Fonls for priming on 
standard Dot moirix pfiniers 
JX VS58 MUSIC MAKERS A se*dion 
oF programs lo produce excellenl music 
produdians. Moke your awn music 
JX V859 AUDIO TOOLS (2] Sound 
and Audio production ulllllles. 
JX VW1 3d DESK5NER Various 3d 
-j-jjh!. pioduchon u 'lines -ncluding 
CLighr. DK&Tracfi:vir:Tji..'l 
JX VB4S IMAGE PROCESSORS 
Contains Tools to perform a Wide 
variety ol Image Tecincues !IFF> 
JX VB66 MANDEL EXPLORER |2| 
This is ihe besl cotedion ol f radol 
Oeneraiing software an Ihe Amiga. 
JX V669 ANIMATION ASST 42| The disk. 
wil sdve rncriY ^f Y^ crnimtfion proWerfi. 
hcUdes ABrifce. FVwers, DA £ ArimTOofe. 
JXV8713J HELPER Are starlnrjaulw* 
1: iiop"ii TNsdstis jusiwhal yoi/need 
:JX VB72 ICON TOOL KIT Just about 
every root you could possibly imagine 
:jx V873 UGFC vl.1 uiii-iies thai will 
hato'Vou translate between Am^a 
Graphics and other compulses. 
jx VB75 SPACE t^re ae uffies to help 
you sludy idefitfy Ihe Stars fi teles: o' ;b y^ 
JX VB76 SYSTEM TEST v4,l Checks 
jiid -t-po-b on y:_- co'- Driers rvlemory 
JX VB79 BEAT DS MOOUU5 Far 
use wilh OctaWlED includes a Player 
JX VBB2 MAGNUM v1.A Another 
excellenl Disk Magazine Creator. 
JX VB6B TRONI CAD vT.O The best 
Cad / Dfownlng program lor your 
Amiga. Various power functions. 
J8VB96 TOOLMANAGERv2,0ln(li>tes 
Ihe oblkty to add menu Hems lo the tx Toots 
menu, add WB icens or dock Wndmra. 
JXVe97OCTAMEOv4,05ave 
disabled version ol ihe fufl featured 
OciaiVfEDProihe commercial produd. 
jx V899 ABACKUP v2.0 A Powerful 
backup ulility thai may be used for Hard 
Drive backup & File Archiving. 
M V9QC bootjob vi.o inckide 
ftjKtions to stare, install, view or execute any 
bcaibork Car. sa-e 9& as executable fles. 
Jft V901 RM vT.O InlroiViaker id create 
you own Intros. Feoiures IFF import 
J* V902 JCGRAPH vl.1 Demo version 
Ol Hk ttonwan sue. con show ctaia as bar, 
ir?. pfaMK slock, blocks. 2d and 3d eel. 
Culfuls n [PS, 3d gee, AegiEDraward l?F 
JX V903 UEDIT v4.0 I3J Word 
Pracessar wrih leam modes, Ordine 
Help, A teach Mode, copy cVpasle. 
JX V921 COM PUG RAPHIC FONTS 
Theses fonfs will work with DPafni v4.1, 
ProPoge, Pageslream, Paoeseler and 
Wo r cbench v2 .01-. Aboul 30 Fonte [3] 

JX V924 PLOT MAP v0.85 An £.lrn 

for use wilh ckaw map v4.0 or v4.1 
V92S 5 LAUGHTER CHEATS 
Anolher selecrion of Hocks & Cheais 

JX V92B THE UTTLE OFFKE One of 

the best disks at the present time. 
JX V936 LETTERS S BOILERPLATE 

More Standard Idlers for you to use 
as your own or cui & pause 
JX V939 A HIM PS vl.2 Wl show 
loi'y sequences of animations or 
pictures r'arT-ir rremor/ or a sk. 

JX V942 SCREEN BLANKERS A disk 

Kockea withvoriojssceen r; ankers 
icludes Ihe Twiligtvi Zone blanker. 
JX V943 LYAWNOVIA vl.O Amind- 
boggingly colourful progrom that makes 
:■ ; Ti ires ; ">— nmn'hemnli"' Inrmula 
JX V*4S PROPAGE 3 ENHANCER 
cantors aver 4a Genies for use with 
ProPoge 3.0, including useful ones like 
Me*e%rjyjn&aihers, irtdkjdes 
slruc r .'ec dipartfar unique borders! 
CM V946 SYSTEM OPTIMIZER 
KCommadity gives yau memory meters, 
mcusa/keyboard enhancements. REorg 
wl L^ohmize hard ond ttoppy disks for 
big speed increase HDWem 2 meg of 
hard drwe space tor virtual memory. 
JX V947 GNUPLOT Is a command 
driven inleradwe function plotter. Creates 
Slunning plol/grop-s ol Tic-he^olicol 
functens. Req HD fi unpacks to 1.4Mb 
JX V94B INTUmON BASED BENCH 
MARKS A greoi package wilh all ihe 
popular benchmarks including Steve, 
Dhratara, Savoge, iMath & Mairrx. 
JX V949 TESTS Conlains oil of Ihe 
classic speed lesls and system checks 
we could find. Includes CPU Speed, A full 
featured system diagnostic tool fi. more 
JX V950 GAME CONSTRUCTION 
ADl is a progromming language and 
run-?imeerwronmenl designed for ihe 
ccnvenienl wr'ir.n of adventure gees 
JX V951 PROTECTtON is a colled- 
ion of utilities aimed lo prelect your 
data. Password proteds aulobooUng 
HD's & Drxumeni F*e. Lock your dotoj 
'lies wilh a passwarded Incnplion. 
JX V9S2 X-BENCH vl,0T^e corr^ele 



JX V977 FILE S HD No B-6 Another 
excellent collect of HD utilities. \2\ 
JX V97fl NCOMMv3,0 IS a comm 
cnicchons program based on Comm 
vl 34 wilh lols of very nice enhance- 
ments. Has new functions over v2 
JX V981 FONTS & TEXTURES [2] 
Harlequins Presents some Hian 
Quality Fonts and Textures disks. 
JX VW3 MEGA CHEATS v3.0c NOW 
centoms over 500 cheats, jusl Point & 
click of Ihe gome you want. 
OX vg 84 PROTRACKER v2 . 3b The 
latest i.pdatod version from Norway. 
Varies buas fixed and about SO new 
feaiures, fta many lo llsl lhem|. 
JX V9B4 MAD TEE'S SHORT MODULES 
2 An excellent menu system for yau to 
Itsiern tolhe modules with oul needing o 
Tracker program. About JO Modules 

>98B 2IPBENCH v4.0 'ret anolher 
v','::.' oniiri! ■«: c lienor" bul lumIc^s 
excellent jliliiies like, powerpocker t? 7o. 
pcwerplo-f^r, &^slnfo. VlrusX, Archiver. b- 
FJase. Bootinho, Degrader, fisl Ain ~-ys (2| 
JX V99D DEWCTOP MUSIC WORK 
SHOP vl.O siniendedtobealutorialin 
elecfronic musk; lechnigues. lis a simple 
guide to rniroduction yocr lo some ol the 
oasic souffds and concepts used m 
sound sysihe5is. teauires Vfb chip Ram 
and 2 disk dmes are required. (3] 
JX V993 SUDEMAMA A nicese'edion 
:■•'. wry 'inpressrve High doss pidures. 
JX V994 THE MONEY PROGRAM 
vi.s FeaiuresirnLdeupioamaKiumof 
rjO accoums, upto SOdired paymenys, 
keyboard shod cuts, contains documents 
JX VTOOO GRAPH PRO vl.O Written 

wilh Amos professional by David 
Jordan. Basically this program takes 
a sei of data, plols them on a graph. 
jx V1001 VMORPM v2,0b By Lee 

V.'.lk e wi I allow you to Creole smooth 
mwphs/worps between two different 
Images over a period of frames 1o 
create on animation. Requires 1Mb 

M::ft.a.:, 3 .iwy;« 

JX THE COMPLETE A64 PACKAGE 
Y2.0Wil'i inle'lace& FullComervcal 
soltware Transfers cfots Irom your 
original! M drive. This Is a Full regersl 
ed version of Itie Soflwore E44.99 
jx X-5TTKX By Jenl Tulin prims out a 
pidure to 'he form of a cross sitlclr 
laftemforerrr..; dn- 1 :i £16.99 

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JX 1700 ANTI- LEMMINS [2) 2Mu 
JX 2133 GULF WAR COWUCT ?Mb 
JX 2307 AMY AT THE MOVIES II (4] 
JX 2311 AMY vs WALKER I [2) 3Mb 
JX 23B4 AMY AT THE BEACH [2) 3Mb 
JX 2477 AMTWALKS 
JX 2478 UNSPORTING 2Mb 
JX 2S00 THE SKY ORJVE * 



J lD73TETRISORIGINAL-hs.sl-,e 
closest game 1o the original lelr s 
JX 1420 DTR1S | -(Hqu wpn! al Or 2 
player Tetns this has lo be 1 erf ihem. 
JX 1561 TRTTWIS Conlains 1 player, 
1 flayer fi; i Prjve? gome opllons. 
" 1747 LLAMATRON GAME 2001 
By Jeff Mmter & an excellem production. 
JX 1749 SCRAMBLE The OrlglnaT 
Remember that old classic game 
JX U70 PAnENCFS Play vs the 
computer or another human player. 
JX 1977 POM POM GUNNER Shoot 
down Ihe Incoming world wot I air 
p anes i l^is Gpe'crici cVolf qame 
J 2018 JETMAN Anolher Spedrum 

.;■■ ;:irv^-le:l lo'hear-iiyr: il's 
jelPa'-c wih oil Ihe onginol souncs 
JX 2022 SEA LANCE The rirsl 5ilen1 
Service type sub war game an PD 
JX 20S4 ATK ATAC A -er d lion of 
Ihe game frcm the original Spectrum 

JX 21C>2 BATTLE OF BRtTtAN WAR 

GAME 2 SlTaflegy war games. 
jx 2^MOu^k;EONCX^^lADROJ 

This Is the best Dungeons & Dragons 
Public domain type gome, Load Wb 
JX 2223 STRATEGIC GAMES Etemo 
R:i^= Lcrds of Hosts, in fVioonshine. 
JX 2221 MIND GAMES 21 of the 
best games lo challenge your mind 
nol your shooting skills. •/'. -j- a c ■ ji igu 
JX 2272 BLACKJACK LAB PfOy all 
the popular versions of Pontoon 
JX 227B CARD SHARP A very 
professionally presented setedion of 
sn Inire'vtiPCn'ri gomes Excellenl 
JX 2279 SUB ATTACK vl.O Control 
the torpedoes & sink ihe enen-v shfps 
as they sail past. LANDMINE. 
JX 22BQ DIPLOMACY Classic 
slrolegy game toosely based an 
World Wat '. 2Mb kx conrxriw pki^er 

JX 2313 REVENGE OF THE MUTANT 

CAMELS By Jeff Mlnter The rxJe of a 

xfe time wilh mutant camels 

JX 2394 PETERS QUEST This is IruN 

an excellent platform gome 

JX 2411 TOTAL WARThe board 

[lar-e RISK as -gv gweo in AF 



salulkr lolteal round repbcemenl Work- 
bench. Conlains Oegroder, LoSHope, 
View, Vnjs Checker 't'o.H, bovver packer, 
DCapy? APrefondBaotlnlrD. 
JX V954 WHOM Ml 43] An exertion" 
database which covers. Slar Trek The 
N«d generation. Classic Trek, Star 
COPS, The prisoner. Blake 7 & Trijods, 
JX V9S7 TACKS vl.2 Is a coJection 
of uliSlies to heto-you create your 
own self-boating anlmalion disks. 
JX V9S« CLUB LEAGUE Is a ulility 
lhai will allows you 10 edit and keep 
Irack of your divisons/leaggue stab. 
JX WS? AMIGA E A specific 
compiler. E bo powerful and flexible 
procedural programming language 
JX VMO CLEO vl .0 Inpfementation 
of a ne»v eypfirmenrn Pasca' like 
ortguOK. Includes Complier+Source 
:JX V9A1 CPK vl.O Will render a space 
fil'^a represeniciiys ol atoms in -nole 
cules. Handles 3C mensionol spheres. 
J» V9fi2 SUPER KILLERS v3,0 |2) 
Conlains all the lalesl Virus Killers like 
BoOlXv5,23o, This program can save 
any tKciblodc and Instal ri on anolher 
riisk ■:.-. ■.-.'0. os r<e:\ for viruses.VCv6.2 
JX V976 WB V2.04 UT1UTIES 6 The 
next collection of WB v2,D4+ utilities. 



JX 2432 GOLDEN OLDIES Galcgn 
brie* nns. Space invaders, Asle<- 
lods. Batty & Missis Command 
JX 2436 DRAGON TILES v2.S 
Mohjong rs a anciem chese game where 
you must remove coloured tiles 
JX 2447 COtNDROP FnjitMochina 
smulofcirwiih various gamble modes 

2448 CRAZY SUE Anolher First 
rule tu'e school gir platform game 

2450 SMASH TV - THE RIP OFF 
StflHtX la ihe original crcode machine. 
'rtit! n neal g r apgics4 sound. 
JX 24BO AMOS FRUIT MACHINE II 
As near as possfbte to Ihe fruit 
machine found in Pubs & Arcades. 
JX 24B2 DESCENDER is a clone of 
the classic arcade gome Tempest 
complete wilh vedor ized graphics. 
JX 2463 INTRUDER is o Mulli level 
Berserk done w lh smooth graphics. 
JX 2484 CATACOMB vl 7 A graphical 
Ddver.lure name se* u'. a s" v c s^and in 
the mioole ol the land cf FXOUE-A NEW 
JX 24B5 IRON CLAPS ll.V.ol Upclale '0 

-.:■ eici?lle r ii SrrrTieaic War Game pi 
JX 2491 LEGEND OF LOTHIAN vl.u2 :-. 

on QoVeittitt gome in the vein ol ulr rtw 

JX 2494 HUNCHBACK Th s is 
conversion of ihe aid classic game. 
JX %m AMOS CRICKET Excellenl 
arcade cricket Simulflior vrilh graphics. 
JX 2534 BATTLE CARS M Get hr+nri 
Ihe ^eel of a hecr/lv ■armed car as you race 
round COjrH^ 2 payers »vilr Ihe c:rrpi,rerlirk 
JX 2S3S SUPER PACK MAN 92 Ths is 
Ihe besi Pack man to date with super 
5moolh scrolling & ex:ef£r.: grapr.cs. 
:jx 2613 DUAL A 2 plaver go™e wre-e 
you control omioured tanks & rockets. 
JX 2614 TETREN is a 1 or 2 player 
"erris gome. 2 player Is Head 2 Head 
JX 2615 WAR Slraregy war game in 
which you cantd a Reel d space croft. 
JX 2*17 GOLDEN OLDIES 2 : Croak, 
ExotiaH 1 or 2 ptoyervers^olFrcig^ger. 
MocrthMan, version of packMon. 6i- 
Pfanw. This is ihe mosl oddiltve games 
we have played here 2 player only. Trorl- 
Blaztr, CUB M Classic. Scamble. 
JX 2620 DR.MARIO A Slronge Telris 
like aame 'where you move coloured 
pills down the screen. 3 in a row c.- 1 s 
JX 2621 ETERNAL ROME 5IQTI Ihe 
roman Empire Srom 12&C. fiuiki fleets, 
armies & send them mto boftte 
JX 2622 DONKEY KONG Original 
platform game in which you musl 
rescue ihe girl. + Mad Bomber. 
JX 2674 INTERPID In he Anic ice you 
control a tank on a m&sion to rescue 
hostages in this superb Amigo orraionol 
JX 2676 AMI MOR1A vM Loads ol 
new features like be1e r graphics, larger 
dungeons. On screen updoies. avervtew 
ol ihe dunorCs map & Loads more. 

JX 27T0 CLASH OF THE EMPIRES V2.1 

'■iTolog ;al War Gome ByTA.Sear 
5tioebury's vsto- Gail' ny CIl'J |2J 
JX 2712 Aa OF WAR Simulflr in 
style to ihe daak gome Laser Squad. 
tou anbol o learri of jdm rj iroops. 
JX 2715 TANK ATTtiCK TMs is a I -4 
pfofer version cl iw Ckssic Coitrktge gome 
Cambal. i Joysticks con be used. 
JX 2716 RESCUE Space ship game 
SimubrloScromple Erceller.1 graphics 
Q 2721 E-TYPE II Asteriods adventure 
where VOU jel a-Ct.rd collecting weapons 
JX 2723 SOUTAJRE °c aulor card 
aame on Ihe omiga. Excellem version. 
JX 2724 NEIGHBOURS This is 1he 
besl groprilcol adventure garrve \2) 
J 2732 CYBERNET1X Defender t Slar 
ua^e style gome w*ih super tosi scrolSftt. 
JX 273B AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL 
You have lo try fi: guide upto IfXJ 
planes In this AlrPorl Slmulalor. 
JX 2744 fruitcash A game as 
close to ihe a-'cade machines as pos. 
JX 277S ROUUTE ROYAL Gamle 41 
the cosio wi'h his 'i-.ice c«- 1 game 
JX 277B SOCCER CARD very sin-pe 
Foolball Management game. 

JX 2802 CARb-O-RAMA Cflftfllins 

Sea heven. Crib Master. Klondike. Btock- 
|GC<:. Soades "it'eel i A : eys & Poker. 
JX 2B03 PUZZLE-O-RAMA Cantoins 
Gold. Du.mb.bell. Pwng, Cobra. Bunny, 
Gel My Goal, Wordhai, Rmyca & Eabbil. 
JX 2BOS LADY BUG Another of the 
old classic games converted (or Ihe 
4mlgo compuler, Excellenl ton for oil 
JX 2311 WIZZ WAR The shoal em up 
wi*-i lireballsr>rt fire power. Take the 
wizard through various uWauwn Lands 
JX 2BT4 BULL RUN vl.3 This is oie ol 
ihe class c strolergv games Very popdar 
JX 2B2S ALL ROUNDES Cricket 
game simulation wilh graphics. 
JX ZB2A TALISMAN Otodel 
MffHolures dwans in a shock horror 
game done in the best possible KfSfe [2|i 
JX 2B42 CRAZY SUE II Sequal to 
Ihe all "ime best SP ng^DGome 
OX 2B43 ROTON This :equ es 2 
players bur is very adifrve tor people 
vol, Ifced lie Dr gmal thrust game. 
JX 2351 AMERICAN FOOTBALL 
COACH A Management game 
JX 26S4 SPACE INVAJDERS H A 
campllly revised version aF thai old: 
ciassic Space invaioers 

JX 2B63 FIGHTING WARRIORS is a 

korcfle combai lighting caniesr game. 
JX 2B76 ESCAPADE C:: eCl is to 10 

destory bricks In a wall by hilling a 
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jx 2932 NUMERIX If you enicy pu^les ard Telris 
ltsert ihis is a must. You have a scrabble ype booro & 
you rr.i/si pince ieiris ires around n o gel ooims. 
JX 2933 ASSASSINS GAMES 41 Packman 
Drtuxc Leap II tractor Beam,. Hellzane 1 and 2. 
JX 2934 ASSASSINS GAMES 42 Contains 
Gatoga 92, Doos in Space, intruder. 
JX 2935 ASSASSINS 43 Odottefc, Roulette, 
Crossmdje. inlerlack leapfrog Pjzz ard GEoy teir'c. 
JX 2936 ASSASSINS 44 Oalaxy 39. mouse 
Impassible, Roll on, Rollon Muzzle & Nimmter. 
JX 2937 ASSASSINS GAMES 45 PTfls, The 
Brain 2x2. Teslrre. B castle and porcheese. 
JX 2936 ASSASSINS GAMES 44 Affligo-O. City, 
isotolion. Checkers, ottdh and Alomsmosber, 
JX 2941 EXTREME VIOLENCE"-* screen scrolls 
or ound and are much bigger ihan Srrosh TV 
J 2949 OBLMON / DEFENDER Is the Cidsesl I 
have seen 1o the original defender game 

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JX LP44 FORMULA ONE The best Formula one 
managment came on Ihe Amiga BES- T SELLING 
JX LP47 DIRTY CASH vl.06 Has been hailed as 
the best iruit Machine Sirr^uloror avail 
jx LP70 PAINTBOX Is a very nice kiddles cairn 
ing package wii.nlo ready mown pictures 
JX LP72 MONSTER ISLAND Is a role ploying 
game for childrar who love ; ne monsters 
JX LP73 AMOS DATABASE vS.O This dalabose 
Is easy to use wilh full instructions F KttBst, 
jx LP75 VIDEO LAB vl .1 1 tore is c cheep, but 
very useaole al^emaiive lo a gun lock (2DDI 
JX LP77 POWERBASE is a donboH ihct should | 
caier tor everfones needs. A very professional 
prooram which coo siore upio '0.000 records. 
jxlPBl POOLS PRO Who v-anis o belief chance 
of winning Ihe pools? Everybody reeds Ihs disk. 
JX LP9B POVrtRTEXT 'very good WP W* buS 
in speH checker. Disk conlains full instructions. 
JX LP101 MORSE COSE TUTOR If you woof ro 
learn Morse code this program is a must. 
JX LP102 DISTANCE ESTIMATOR "his is on 
omateur radio utility which calculate distances 
JX LPT04 MONEY MONITOR A home OCCOjrVIS Utility 
that can keep irack of upfo 3 separale bank accounts 
JX IPTDB FAMILY HISTORY DATABASE v2.0 
The impravod version wilh a conversion program 
for people are :<\ il ys'"i(j ±p. arewous version. 
JX LP11T STOCK CC^lfROL vl.O This prcaram 
was written with user friendliness in mina 
JX LP112 INVOKE/ORDER MANAGER Print 
invoices with your own lelterheoos. V A T capered for. 
JX LPT15 ROOTS Anoftw 'omiy History program 
but different from Fomiy Hishiry because ol the Family 
Sheet option frfawfi most ol ha data S nr^es are sfored 
JX LPT1B HDM If yo..' require a Menu SySlem far 
your hard drive ihen this Is I. 10 selections per menu 
ard you can ho'/e as may menus ps you v^ont 
JX LP125 LYNX RLE COPIER is speoticc*y for 
users who cto not have a second disk drive. 
JX LPI27 VIKING SAGA Is a strategy game 
which you ptoy ihe rple of Akillian sir wing ond 
1-c.j niusl 'amove your neighbouring krngs. 
JX LP128 TROM CAD vl.1 The besl CacTand 
Drowning program For the Amiga. Many power 
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2. Ox (or, presumably, 3.0). The only 
real problem with this program 
becomes clear when you launch it: to 
fit its range of functions into a small 
window, clarity has been sacrificed 
somewhat. Many of the gadgets have 
only a one-letter abbreviation on 
them, so unless you know what 
you're doing it is possible to erase or 
format a disk without realising it - 
perusing the documentation is a 
definite requirement here! 

Once you've done that, though, 
it's clear that DiskMate will do just 
about anything you want it to. It 
copes with both 880K and 1.76Mb 



from the floppy disk. 

Hidden under DiskMate's drawer 
icon was another drawer, containing 
DirKing. Frankly, it might as well have 
stayed hidden. It's (yet another) 
directory listing shell command, with 
recursive path searching, the facility 
to specify a file matching pattern for 
each directory level, and a large 
number of filters to restrict the 
output to exactly what you want. For 
this, the author wants a £6 
registration fee - and perhaps you 
might think that it's worth it. 
Personally, I use the 'dir' command 
to search directories - and that's it. 




DiskMate offers just about every disk copying and erasing function you can 
think of... Just make sure you remember what the abbreviations stand fori 



floppies, and its functions include: 

• Format a disk 

• Install an AmigaDOS bootblock on 
a disk 

• Check a disk for faults 

• Duplicate a disk 

■ Copy to /from the RAD: RAM disk 

• Back up a disk to a file, and write 
that file back as a disk - useful for 
keeping backups of original disks on 
your hard drive. 

Next in the collection is XJrash, 
a freeware program by Stefan 
Plochinger. This is designed to 



"Life's too short to 
read a 28-page doc 

Hie on options, let 
alone learn them." 



replace the Amiga's Trashcan - 
which is, of course, just a directory; 
dragging files to the Trashcan icon 
simply moves them to that directory, 
and selecting Empty Trash from the 
Workbench's menu then deletes the 
contents of that directory. The idea is 
that dragging files to the XTrash icon 
immediately deletes them - and that 
dragging a floppy disk to the icon will 
format it. The idea is fine; sadly, in 
practice, try as I might 1 couldn't get 
XTrash to work. It looks as though 
someone has trashed the config file 



Life's too short to read a 28-page 
doc file on using all the filters, 
options, file matching requirements 
and so on - let alone learn them. 
Next up is PowerData, which 
enables any program to read and 
write PowerPacker-com pressed files. 
It instaiis as a standard AmigaDOS 
2.04 commodity (it requires 2.04 or 
above to run), and should work with 
all processors, including the 68040. 
Documentation is provided in the 
form of an AmigaGuide document - 
great if you have it; otherwise 



program. A Requester informed me 
that it "Couldn't interface with the 
Commodities." OK, I installed if by 
hand and tried again. Same result. 
After about half an hour of fiddling 
around, i gave up on the whole idea. 
It's a real shame, because this could 
be an extremely useful program - 
com p res son and decompression of 
files on-the-fly, without requiring the 
creation application to know anything 
about PowerPacker. But even after 
struggling through all the 
documentation several times, I 
couldn't see where I was going wrong 

- and in the end I decided that 
nothing is worth this much hassle. 

Finally on this ^^^^^^^ 
collection is TrueED, 
a £25 shareware 
file editing program 
by J Klein. 
Registered users 
get the full version, 
which includes a 
spelling checker, 
the ability to print, 
and on-line help ^^^^^^_ 

(none of which is in 
the distributed version). Also, the 
registered version is smaller - 
according to the documentation, 
"this version has been blown up [in 
size) to motivate users to pay the 
shareware fee." There's also no 
manual with the distribution version 

- again, because you should register. 
Mr/Ms Klein has clearly decided that 
we're jolly well going to register this 
program before we get something 
even remotely useful. Well, sorry, but 
I don't think so. The scrolling is slow, 
the program jumps backwards and 
forwards to the Workbench screen 
every time you pull up the About or 
Prefs Requesters, and there are far 
better programs that are totally 
public domain. 

All in all, File and HD Utilities 6 is 



FISHING AROUND 

Both Anglia and PD Soft have sent 
me new Fish disks this month - so 
off we go, trawling for the latest and 
best software as compiled by the 
great Frederico. 

SKSH 

Fish disk 791 

SKsh is a Shell written by Steve 
Korenbased, which is based on the 
Unix 'ksh' shell. It only runs on 
Workbench 2.1 or above, and 
requires 3Mb of free hard disk space 
- don't even think about running it 
from a floppy! The installation 
process is made 



"It's incredible that 
mis is freeware, 
considering how 

much work is in it" 



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nodifv Internal couplet ton list 
= add program to interactive pipe list 

- list wars, aliases, builtins, or funcs 
= wait for background jobs to conplete 

3 print directory nana of a given path 
= set or exanlne aliases 

■ print sksh version identification 

= dec 1st argunent by f or 2nd argument 

■ renove a variable 

= do nothing; return true 
= delay for n seconds 

- preparse an SKsh script file 

* convert fln igaDes<->Un lx pathspec 

= print info on interpretation of nane 

* nod if y wildcard disable list 

•■ update modification tines on files 

= get value of an ftnigados env: variable 

= execute a file In current context 

= set value of an Rntgados env: variable 

■ convert arguments to upper case 
= renove a file or set of files 

- properly cone at flle/dir ftanes 
B create directories 

= convert argunent s to louer case 
= backslash escape special chars 

■ print date and tine 

- nedifv conpletinn Ignore list 

* print base (file) nane of a given path 



Just some of SKsh's commands, as produced by typing 'help' 

opening the file with a viewer such 
as muebmore will work, although the 
formatting is a little untidy. 

Two installation scripts are 
provided, one for use with IconX and 
one for Commodore's Installer 
program, which is supplied with 
Workbench 2.1 and above. I used 
the IconX script, and tried to run the 



Helpl 

something of a let-down. DiskMate 
could be useful, PowerData would be 
great if it worked, and the other three 
programs aren't worth giving house 
room to. Some of PD Soft's other 
utilities collections have been 
brilliant -this one isn't. 



Value for money 4/10 



easy by using a 
sophisticated 
installation script 
which takes you 
through the 
process step-by- 
step, giving advice 
and information as 
it goes. (But note 

that, contrary to 

what the 
documentation file says, you do have 
everything required in the archive on 
Fish disk 791 - there isn't a 
separate archive on another disk.) 

The program is, as the 
documentation says, definitely "not 
for casual Workbench users who 
want a 'point and click' interface." 
Indeed, you should only really 
consider this if you find the standard 
Shell limiting, or if you're used to 
Unix and feel comfortable in that 
environment. If that's the case, then 
SKsh provides you with such 
wondrous things as: 

• Shell functions 

• Aliases 

• Command substitution 

• Local variables, functions and 
aliases 

• Control structures and tests 

• Emacs-style line editing 

• I/O redirection and pipes 

• A large number of utilities such as 
'wc' and 'grep' 

• Support for ARexx 

• Unix filename conventions 

All of this is provided as freeware 
by Steve - which is frankly pretty 
incredible when you consider how 
much work must have gone into 
creating it all. The documentation 
alone looks as if it took months to 
write, and includes a full user 
manual with a tutorial, as well as 
'man' reference pages. 

There's little point in talking 
much more about this program - 
you'll know already whether you're 
interested in it. I'm certainly going to 
have an extended 'play' - it may just 
become my Shell of choice (if 1 can 
find a spare 3Mb on the Workbench 
partition of my hard drive...). 

Program rating 9/10 



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DRAGIT 

Fish disk 792 

Dragtt is a small utility by Steve 
Lemieux which enables you to move 
or size windows without using the 
drag bar or sizing gadget. You 
perform this minor miracle by holding 
down a 'qualifier' key as you click on 
the window. As with more and more 
programs, you'll need OS 2.0 or 
above to use the program. 

Installation is simple; copy the 
program to your startup disk, edit 
your startup-sequence and re-boot. 
The options are controlled via a Prefs 
program, which you just put in your 
Prefs drawer. After that, you just go 
away and forget about it - until you 
want to move a window whose title 
bar isn't visible. Then just click in the 
main part of the window with Control 
or whatever held down - and the 
window will move with your cursor. 
Likewise, clicking at any of the edges 
of the window with the modifier key 
held down will re-size the window as 
you drag the mouse. 

After some of the hassle that I've 
had this month, Dragit is great - 
small, easy to install and actually 
useful. Wonderful. 

Program rating 10/10 



LOCKIT 

Fish disk 798 

If you are concerned that people 
might be looking at private files on 
your Amiga, Locklt could be the 
solution to your problems. It's a 
freeware program by Andreas 
Linneman which (under OS 2.0 or 
above) password-protects any files or 
folders you select; as long as Locklt 
runs during startup it will be virtually 
impossible for anyone to gain access 
to those objects - and that, of 
course, includes any files or sub- 
folders within a locked folder. 

Using the program is easy: once 
Locklt has run during startup it 
places an icon on the Workbench 
screen - double-click on that icon 
and the main Locklt window appears. 
From there you can add or remove 
items which you want to protect, and 
lock or unlock each item. This is 
where my only real complaint with 
the system came: although unlocking 
an item requires the password (as, 
of course, it should}, locking it does 
not (as long as the password has 
previously been set). And there's no 
'administrator' password - so 
someone else could come along and 
lock other programs on your Amiga. 

Also, the easiest way around the 
protection is just to make sure that 
the program doesn't load at startup - 
either by booting from a different 
startup floppy or by removing it from 
the WBStartup drawer. If this 



happens, access is uncontrolled. On 
the other hand, for basic security - 
keeping the kids' hands off your 
business work, or preventing 
students from seeing each other's 
work - the program works well. 
Without serious hacking it seems to 
be virtually impossible to break into a 
locked item (except via the methods 
above), and it may well prove useful. 
I'm just really nervous about any 
form of password-protection that 
doesn't require a main administrator 
password to invoke... 

Program rating 7/10 



All confused the name of the archiver 
(which you must select the first time 
you use Alt), and it had to be re- 
selected. Still, even doing that every 
time is far quicker than trying to 
remember all those ridiculous 
command-line switches and working 
out your file matching pattern so that 
the files you want are included - All 
enables you to select the files you 
want just by clicking on them. This is 
version 1.03, the first release, i 
guess there will be a vl.04 real soon 
now, to correct the bug mentioned 
above, and then this should be a 
program that all Workbench users 




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ARCHIVING INTUITION 
INTERFACE 

Fish disk 799 

One of the unalterable laws of 
computing is that you can never have 
enough disk space, so compressing 
or archiving data is A Good Thing. If 
you need to use the IMA archiving 
utility but you're not keen on delving 
Into a million command-line options, 
the Archiving Intuition Interface (Alt) 
is just what you need. Written by 
Paul MeLaehlen, this $5 shareware 
utility puts an Intuition front-end on 
to LhA; while it doesn't support every 
option available in the compressor 
(there are so many that it would end 
up being hopelessly confusing), all 
the main choices are there, and the 
chances are that you'll never need 
the CLI again. 

All you do is double-click on All, 
select a couple of options and hit the 
Perform button. You choose the 
archive (or create a new one) via one 
button, choose the files to add to the 
archive via another, and select what 
to actually do (list the archive 
contents, freshen the archive, extract 
or add files and so on) via yet 
another. The program will create .lha 
or .Izh archives, and you can choose 
whether to do things like preserve 
file attributes and set archive 
attributes - again, all from the one 
window. 

The program works like a dream 
- almost. Unfortunately, quite often 



GNP per person. 

The program is exceptionally 
easy to use: you can sort the list of 
countries by name, size or population 
- and if you send the author $20 you 
will receive a fuller version which 
also enables you to sort by 
population density, GNP and GNP per 
person. Further, you can display just 
portions of the country list -just 
Europe and Asia, for example. 
Searching for a country is easy: in 
this version you can search by name 
or capital city, and the registered 
version will also enable you to search 
by language or location. The program 
knows a range of names for many 
countries, so asking for 'UK', 
'England' or 'United Kingdom' will get 
you a display of this sceptic isle - 
although asking for 'Scotland' or 
'Wales' draws a blank. 

There are two languages 
supplied - German and English - and 
the documentation file includes 
details on how to translate the data 
file into other languages, although as 
the author says, there's a great deal 
of work involved in doing this. 

A small map is displayed on the 
main screen, and clicking on this 



Archiving Intuition Interface 



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have on their 
disk. 

Program 
rating 
9/10 

AMIGA- 
WORLD 

Fish disk 
804 



AmigaWorld is a freeware program by 
Wolfgang Lug which will be of 
undoubted use to Geography 
departments, students and the like. 
It is basically a database of all the 
world's countries (or, at least, all the 
countries which existed in November 
1992), with details such as 
languages spoken, population, 
population density, capital city, 
Gross National Product (GNP) and 



Choose Archive fi| Choose files/Nth 

_^j Preserve Attributes 

| Set firchive Attributes 

| Keep Backup of Archive 

jKeep Partial Files 

j/J Store big files with ratio <3ss 



PERFORM 



Archiving Intuition Interface: the 
acceptable face of the LhA 
compression program 

does things to your search 
selections. Unfortunately, that's all; 
it would have been nice for the 
country's location to be highlighted 
on the map, but I guess that the map 
just isn't large enough to do that. 

Wolfgang doesn't say where he 
got all the data from, and admits 
that there may be spelling mistakes 



1993 



Selected Countries; 24V 



€> 1992, 1993 by Uotf mto Lug 

Freeware version 1.0 
Read th* documentation! 




Heu Zealand 

Netherlands 

Nicaragua 

Njger 

Nigeria 

Nkje 

Norfolk Islands 

Northern Mariana Islands 

Norway 

Onan 

Pakistan 

Palau 

Panaita 

Panaifta, . Canal . Zone 



Location: 

Area; 

Population: 

Density u-f population: 

Capital: 

Languages: 

Grots National Product: 



Pacific Ocean 

175 Kr2 

218BB 

45 inhabitants per Km= 

Susupe 

English and Polynesian languages 

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2k* RAM + CLOCK £329 Add: RAM 0570 




1 YEAR ON SITE /AT HOME WARRANTY 
ON ALL CONFIGURATIONS 



1 YEAR ON SITE/ AT HOME WARRANTY 1 

QNAiL coNriauqA T ioNS 3 



PACK INCLUDES: 

• 2Mb AMIGA 600 Ire 1* iwrif fesni S*») ! 

• BUILT-IN 1i* DHNE J. TV MODULATOR 

• 2toHARDD.SK „, 

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• MYTH - S I OF THE SK'Ht.RD OF tv'lL 

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FREE F ROM 3L1CA (See Top Lett] 

j_fflgg'_J TOTAL PACK VALUE: 

I LESS PACK SAVINQ; 

SIUCA PRICE: 



• 6ao2DEC Prorassor 

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• 32-bil ArthltW<U« 

• 2Mb Chip RAM 

• Amiga DOS v3.0 
« AA Chip Set for 

Enhanced Graphics 

• 1S.7 Million Colours. 
■ 256,000 Colours on 

Screen 

• Built-in TV Modulator 



* 1 x 32-Bii CPLA'RAM 
Expansion Slol 

• PCMCIA Smart Card 
Slol tales 51 2K ■ *m 
PC Cards 

* 96 Key keyboard with 
Numeric Keypad 

■ 21f BSwslnleraalHanf 
Drive- Optional Extra 

• 1 Yeas On-site 
Maintenance 



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H/DRIVE 



2u« HAM + CLOCK 

£399 

INC VAT Ref: AMC 0609 



2-.': RAV < CLOCK *3<te HD E449 AMC 0S39 



SILICA 
PRICE 



£399 

INC VAT Hef: AMC 1212 



With 85* Hard Drive £599 AMC 126S 



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Welcome to the Amiga Shopper Buyer's Guide, your regular guide to what's hot 
and what's not In the Amiga market place. It's designed as a simple-to-use yet 
comprehensive guide which will help you to make the right buying decisions. It 
may not Include each and every product ever produced for the Amiga (that would 
take up virtually the whole of Amiga Shopper!), but you can rest assured that all 



major brands and models are here. 

The Buyer's Guide will run each and every month and as new products are released 
and others discontinued, we'll be updating It accordingly. This month we bring you what 
Is possibly the most comprehensive guide to hardware for the Amiga owner. Next month 
we'll be listing Amiga software... 





Model 


Price Memory 


Total Chip 


Total Fast 


Processor 


Speed 


(MHz) Hard Disk (Mb) Floppies 

No 1x880k 


Comment 






A600 
A600HD 


£299 1 Mb 


2Mb 


4Mb 


68000 


7 


Replacement for now-discontinue< 


A500 Pf js 


£499 1 Mb 


2Mb 


4Mb 


68000 


7 


20 


1x880k 


ASOO with built-in 20Mb IDE 

More expandable than ASOO 




A1500 


£999 1 Mb 


1Mb 


9 Mb 


68000 


7 


No 


2x880k 


A20Q0HD 


£1,299 1 Mb 


1Mb 


9 Mb 


68000 


7 


40 


1x880k 


Exactly the same as A3 

Available in several hard 
Latest Amiga fitted wit 


500, but now includes hard disk 
disk/processor configurations 


A3000 
A1200 
A4000 
(Vote; ASOO and 


£1,300 2 Mb 


2Mb 


16Mb 


68030 


16/25 


50/100 


1x880k 


£399 2 Mb 


2Mb 


8Mb 


68020 


14.2 


No 


1x880k 


lAGA 




£2,000 6 Mb 


2Mb 


16Mb 


68040 


25 


120 


1x1.76 


Flagship of Amiga range 






U.50O now denote 2.0-based machines. 


















HARD DRIVES 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Machine 






Capacity (Mb) 


RAM Expansion 


Rating 


Issue 


500XP 


Surface UK 


£489 


ASOO 






40 


2/3Mb 




****. 


1,2,8,13 


A590 


Commodore 


£399 


ASOO 






20 


2Mb 




*** 


1,2,8,13 


DataRyer5O0 


Trllogjc 


£350 


A5O0 






48 


HHI 




** 


l r 2 r 8 P 13 


FastTrak 

Impact 11+ 


Third Coast 

Silica 


£599 
£399 


ASOO 
A5O0 






40 

Rrviin 






+ ** 


8 


Novia 30i 


Power Computing 


£399 


ASOO 






3U/ JLiy 

20/30 






*** 


8 


Prima 


Power Computing 


£499 


ASOO 






50/100 


- 




**** 


g 


Protar HD 


Protar 


£299 


ASOO 






20 


8Mb 




**** 


- 


RocHard 


Zye Technology 


£379 


A5O0 






52 


8Mb 




*♦** 


■RE 13 


Trumpcard 
A30Q.1-40 


Third Coast 

f** f\ m, rn r> rl r"i f A 


£399 
f 9r>n 


A500* 

i-1 QVS-j. 






40 


- 




*** 


8 


DataFlyer2000 


\jKJ\ 1 II 1 fUUUIE 

Trlloglc 


£350 


A1500-* 


M^^^^^M 




48 




*** 


M 


Impact IIHC+8 


Silica 


£299 


A1500-* 






40-300 


8Mb 




**+■* 


1,2,13 


Nexus HC 


Power Computing 


£350 


A1500-, 






40 


8Mb 




**** 


8,13 


WordSyric2000 


Surface UK 


£450 


A15O0-> 






52 RRR 


- 






1,13 


OpticalDrlvc 


Power Computing 


£1,199 


SCSI 






128 


- 




**** 


- 


SysQueSt 


Omega Projects 


£690 


SCSI 






88 AH 




' 


**** 


8 


TapeSt reamer 


Omega Projects 


£600 


SCSI 






150 


- 




***** 


- 


Note: Trumpcard 


can be used on both ASOO and A150O-* 


















EXTERNAL DRIVES 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Machine 


Size 




Capacity 


Disable Switch 


Rating 


Issue 
0,8 


3A-1D 


Golden Image 


£65 


Any 


3.5 Inch 




880K 


Yes 




**** 


A1011 


Commodore 


£100 


Any 


3.5 inch 




880K 


No 




*** 


0,1,2,8 


AEHD 


Applied Engineering 


£140 
£75 


Any 


3.5 inch 




1.52 Mb 


Mo 




***** 


8 


CAX354 


Cumana 


Any 


3.5 inch 




S80K 


Yes 




*** + 


0,1,2,8 


Dual Drive 


Power Computing 


£120 


Any 


3.5 inch 




2x88QK 


Yes 




**** 


0,1,2,8 


Floptical Disk 


Digital Micronlcs 


£650 


Any 


3.5 inch 




20 Mb 


Ves 




***** 


8 


PC880B 


Power Computing 


£55 


Any 3.5 inch 




880K 


Yes 




***** 


8 


RF332C 


Silica Systems 


£60 


Any 


3.5 Inch 




880K 


Yes 




****■ 


0,1,2,8 


RFS42C 


Silica Systems 


£80 


Any 


5.25 inch 




880K 


Yes 




**** 


0,1,2,8 


Zydec 


Evesham Micros 


£55 


Any 


3.5 Inch 




S80K 


Yes 




*** 


8 


Intemal2000 Power Computing £50 

Note: PC880B comes with built-in disk copier. Enquire aboi 


A150O-* 


3.5 incb 




880K 


No 




**** 


8 


it availability of tl 


is Floptical Disk 














RAM EXPANSIONS 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Machine 


Size 




Max Size 


Power Supply? Fitting 


Rating 


Issue 
5 


500RX 


Surface UK 


£198 


ASOO 


2Mb 




8Mb 


Optional 


Expansion Bus 


***** 


AD501 


Ashcom 


£21 


ASOO 


512K 




512K 


No 


TrapDoor 


***** 


24 


Addax 


Ashcom 


£125 


ASOO 




8Mb 


No 


Expan Bus 


**** 


24 


Ashcom 1. 8Mb 


Ashcom 


£155 


ASOO 


1.8 Mb 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


- 


Ashcom512k 


Ashcom 


£35 


ASOO 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


8 


BaseBoard 


EPD 


£300 


A 500 


4Mb 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


- 


PC501 


Power Computing 


£30 


A500 


512K 




512K 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


24 


Power 8 Mb 


Power Computing 


£109 


A 500 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Expan Bus 


***** 


24 


ProRAM Plus 


Date) 


£25 


A5O0 


512k 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


*** 


HHR9HHMK 


■ProRAMSOl 


WTS Electronics 


£19 


ASOO 


512K 




512K 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


24 


RAM-Master 2 


Date! 


£100 


A5O0 


1.5 Mb 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


*** 


- 


V2000 


Virgo 


£104 


ASOO 


2Mb 




- 


No 


TrapDoor 


***** 


_ 


Zydecl.5 


Zydec 


£79 


ASOO 


1.5 Mb 






No 


TrapDoor 


**** 




ProAgnus 


WTS Electronics 


£139 


A50O/2OO0 


1Mb 




Chip Ram Exp 


No 


Internal 


**** 


24 


PC501+ 


Power Computing 


£36 


A5COPIUS 


1Mb 




1Mb 


No 


TrapDoor 


***** 


24 


AX601 


Ashcom 


£45 


A600 


1Mb 




1Mb 


No 


TrapDoor 


**** 


24 


ArnfTekBOO 
PC601 


Silica Systems 
Power Computing 


£45 
£40 


A600 
ASOO 


1Mb 
1Mb 




1Mb 
1 Mb 


No 
No 


TrapDoor 

"Tr3ni r W\ft*' 


**** 
***** 


24 

OA 


ProRAM60i 


WTS Electronics 


£38 


A600 


1Mb 




1Mb 


No 


i ictpwor 
TrapDoor 


***** 


24 


A2058 


Commodore 


£150 


A1500+ 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Zorro 


**** 


24 


Arles2O00 


Power Computing 


£129 


A1500+ 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Zorrc- 


***** 


24 


A2058 


Commodore 


£159 


AlSOO-i 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Card 


* *** 


8 


AdRAM2000 


Power Computing 


£179 


A1500-J 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Card 


**** 


s 


GVP Serles2 


Silica 


£159 


A1S0Q-* 


2Mb 




8Mb 


No 


Card 


***** 




HD8+ 
Nora: HD8+ has n 


Silica Systems 


£150 


A1500+ 


Mb* 




8Mb 


No m| 


Zorro 


24 


o RAM fitted as standard and requires SIMM modules at approximately £50 extra per Mb. 











AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



i 



PROC ESSO R AC C E LER ATO RS 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Machine 


Processor 


Speed 


Max 32-bit RAM 

8Mb 


Maths CoiMO 
68381 




Rating 


Issue ^^^^ 


38 Special 


Omega Projects 


£850 


Any 


68030 


38 MHz 




** + * 


13 


040/500 


Power Computing 


£725 


A500 


68040 


28 MHz 


8Mb 


68882 




***** 


14 


040/500i 


Power Computing 


£NA 


A500 


68040 


28 MHz 


16Mb 


- 




**** 


14 


A 5000-16 


Solid State 


£295 


A500 


68020 


16 MHz 


4Mb 


Yes 




***** 


- 


A530 


GVP/Silica 


£S00 


A500 


68030 


40MHZ 


8Mb 


68882 




.+ * + + # 


20 


AdSpeed 


Silica 


£173 


A 500 


68000-16 


16 MHz 


- 


No 




**** 


3,5 


B5000-25 


Solid State 


£595 


A500 


68020 


25 MHz 


16Mb 


Yes 




**** 


3,5 


CSA MegaMidget 


Bytes&Pieces 


£389 


A500 


68030 


33 MHz 


8Mb 


Yes 




**** 


3,5 


Turbo68000 


Bytes&Pieces 


£45 


A500 


6800046 


16 MHz 


- 


No 




** 


- 


VXL-30 


ZCL Ltd 


£409 


A500 


68030 


25 MHz 


8Mb 


Yes 




**** 


- 


CSA Rocket Launcher Omega Products 


£549 


A1500 


66030 


50MHz 


- 


68882 




***** 


20 


G-Force 


Silica 


£599 


A1500 


68030 


25 MHz 


16Mb 


68881 




•'*** 


15 


2000/40 


Marcam 


£1,937 


A1500-* 


88040 


50 MH* 


32Mb 


Yes 




***** 


- 


40/4 Magnum 


Omega Projects 


£NA 


A1500^» 


68040 


28 MHz 


16Mb 


68882 




***** 


13 


A2630 


Commodore 


£1,200 


A1500^ 


68030 


25 MHz 


4Mb 


Yes 




**** 


- 


A3001 


Silica 


£1,799 


A1500-> 


68030 


50 MHz 


32Mb 


Yes 




***** 


3,5 


B5000-40 


Solid State 


£1,162 


A1500-* 


68030 


40 MHz 


32Mb 


Yes 




***** 


- 


FusionForty 


Power Computing 


£1,999 


A1500^ 


68040 


50 MHz 


32Mb 


Yes 




#*** 


- 


Harms Pro30 


Bytes&Pieces 


£1,099 


A150Q-* 


68030 


28 MHz 


4Mb 


Yes 




»#* 


3,5 


Zeus 


Power Computing 


£1,449 


A150Q^ 


68040 


28 MHz 


64Mb 


68882 




***** 


14 


CBM' 040 Card 


Commodore 


£NA 


A3000 


68040 


40MHz 


EM 


Yes 




***** 


20 


G-Force 


Silica 


£1,999 


A3000 


68040 


28 MHz 


- 


- 




***** 


- 


Mercury 


Power Computing 


£1,249 


A3000 


68040 


28 MHz 


32Mb 


63882 <-£H 




***** 


14 


Note: Although some 


68030 cards appear to run fester than their '040 equivalents, this may not necessarily foe the case 


. All '040 cards will 


run faster Internally. 






Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Machine 


Type 


Colour 


Resolution 






Rating 


Issue 


AlfaScan 


Golden Image 


£199 


Any 


Hand Held 


No 


400dpi 






***** 


14,22 


DaataScan 2GS 


Pandaal 


£125 


Any 


Hand Held 

Flatbed 


No 

Yes 


400dpi 






*** 


14,22 


GT-6000 


Epson UK 


£1300 


Any 


600dpi 






***** 


17 


GenlScan 


Datel 


£130 


Any 


Hand Held 


No 


400dpi 






*** 


- 


Golden Image 


Goldenlmage 


£150 


Any 


Hand Held 


mm 


400dpi 






***** 


sfm 


Handy Scanner 


Pandaal 


£140 


Any 


Hand Held 


No 


400dpi 






+ ** 


14 


Pandaal Scanner 


Pandaal 


£180 


Any 


Hand Held 


IB 


400dpi 






**** 


3 


Power Scanner 2 


Power Computing 


£99 


Any 


Hand Held 


No 


400dpi 






***** 


14 


Powers-can Colour 


Power Computing 


£239 


Any 


Hand Held 


Yes 


400dpi 






*** 


23 Bi 


Sharp JX-100 


Silica 


£695 


Any 


Hand Held 


Yes 


200dpl 






***** 


- 


Sharp JX-300 


3 : ics 


£3600 


Any 


FlatBed 


Yes 


300dpi 






***** 


- 


DIGITISERS 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Realtime 


Colour 


Realtime Colour 


Animation 






Rating 


Issue 


CotourPSc 


JCL 


£399 


Ves 


Yes 


Yes 


No 






**** 


2 


ColourPIc Plus 


JCL 


£699 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 






**** 


22 


DigrTiger II 


SA&H 


£200 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 






**** 


17 


DlglVlew 4 


Silica ^^ 


£150 


No 


Ym 


No 


No 






**** 


_ 


FrameGrabber 


Marcam 


£599 


Yes 


Yes 


Ves MH 








***** 




V-Lab 


ACS 


£300 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


No 






**** 


17 


viDiAmlga 


Rombo 


£130 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


R^H 






**** 


5 


VideoDigitiser 


Datel 


£80 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 






**** 


„ 


videon 


Power Computing 


£200 


No 


Yes 


No 


' 






*** 


_ 


Vldl-12 


Rombo 


£99 


Yea 


Yes 


No 


Yes 






***** 


22 


SOUND SAMPLERS 


Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Stereo 


Volume Adjust 


Resolution 








Rating 


Issue 


AD1012 


HB Marketing 


£399 


Yes 


Yes 


12-bit 








***** 


- 


AD1016 


HB Marketing 


£TBA 


Yes 


Yes 


16-blt 








***** 


- 


AMAS2 


MicroDeal 


£100 


Yes 


Yes 


BbH 








**** 


- 


Audio Engineer 

Audition 4 


HB Marketing 

HR Maririotiinfl 


£199 

£49 


Yes 

Vac 


Yes 

Vac 


S-blt 








***** 


B 


GVPDSS 

MicroSsmpfer 


1 1LJ 1 Vltl' ftLr LI 1 It, 

Silica 

Datel 


£60 

£25 


res 
Yes 

Yes 


YgS 

Yes 

Mn, 


8-brt 








**** 


10 
3 


Perfect Sound 3 

SampteStudio 2 


HB Marketing 

Datel 


£60 

£70 


Yes 

Yes 


ItIO 

Yw 


S-brt 








*** 


10 


Sound Master 

SoundTrap 3 


HB Marketing 


£130 

£30 


Yes 

No 


Ye» 


S-blt 








***** 


- 


StercoM aster 

StereoSampler2 


MicroDeal 
Trilogic 


£40 

£40 


Yes 
Yes 


pro 
Yes 

Yes 


8-bti 








**** 


3 
11 


TechnoSound 


New Dimensions 


£35 


Yes 


No 


8-blt 








**** 


5 


iVote: AD1012 and AD 1016 are for A1500-* 


onty^^^ 




Model 


Supplier 


Price 


Fade 


Dissolve 


S-VHS 


RGB Pass thru 






Rating 


Issue 


8802 FMC 


Marcam 


£178 


Yes 


No 




Yes 










A8802 

A8802S-VHS 


Marcam 

Marcam 


£139 
£499 


No 

Yes 


No 
Yes 


No 


Yes 






*** 




A8806 


Marcam 


£499 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 






***** 




GST Gold 


Ttiird Coast 


£550 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 








_ 


Hama 290 


Hama PVAC 


£749 


Yet 


Yw 


Yes 


Yes 






**** 


16 


ImageMaster 


Nerikl 


£1,150 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


rrm 








_ 


MIcroGen 

MiniGen 


Power Computing 

ASAP 


£199 

fQQ 


Yes 

Kin 


Yes 

Mm 


No 


Yes 






* - - - 


^- 






xyy 


EVO 


NO 










** 





AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



PRODUCTS 



i 




ProGen 
RocGen 

RocGen+ 
VideoCentre2 

VldeoCentreS 
VideoMaster VM-2 
yldeocomp G-100 



COLOUR CARDS 



Gordon Harwood £130 

Silica ,^^^__ *H7 
Silica £199 

«2 £1,170 

Power Computing £799 

Silica £1,800 



DCTV 
OpaEVIslon 

AVideo 12 
AVideo 24 
GVP IV-24 
Harlequin 

Rembrandt 

Note: ASOO devices < 



TOUCH TABLETS 



Model 

Cherry Mk4 
Gen'itizer 
Podstat PT-3030 



DOT MATRIX PRINTERS 



Supplier 

Silica 

Micro-PACE 
Checkmate 
Checkmate 
Silica 
ACS 

Power Computing 
in be used on all Arnicas 

Supplier 

Cherry 

Datel 

HB Marketing 



Machine 

A500 

A1500-* 

A1500^ 

A1500-H. 

A1500-+ 

AISOO^ 

A150Q^> 



No 
Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 
Yes 

Yes 

Price 
£499 
£899 

£299 

£599 

£1,799 

£1,400 

£1,499 



No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 



Type 

Pseudo 
24-bit 

12-bit 
24-btt 
24-bit 

24-bit 
24-bit 



No 


Yes 


*** 


No 


No 


**** 


No 


Yes 


**** 


Yes 


Yes 


**** 


Yes 


Yes 


**** 


Yes 


Yes 


*** 


Yes 


Yes 


***** 




Colour Palette 


Max Resolution 


Rating 


24M 


366x580 


**** 


24-bit 


768x580 


***** 


12-bit 


768x580 


*+# 


24-bit 


768x580 


**** 


24*it 


910x576 


**** 


24-Wt 


910X57S 


***** 


24-bit 


1024x1024 





8 

10 








Model 

LQ550 

Swift 9 

LX850 

200 

240C 

L24d 

LC200 

LC24 

L0400 

ML380 

P20 

Swift 24 



INKJET PRINTERS 



Model 

8100 

8200 

8J-I0ex 

BJ300 

Diconix 701 

Projet 

SQ870 



LASER PRINTERS 



Model 
EPL4000 
IBM Plus 
Laser 4 
0L400 
Ricoh LP1200 



MISCELLANEOUS HARDWARE 



Supplier 

Epson 

Citizen 

Epson 

Citizen 

Citizen 

Citizen 

Star 

Star 

Epson 

Ohl 

NEC 

Citizen 

Supplier 

Fujitsu 

Fujitsu 

Canon 

Canon 

Kodak 

Citizen 

Epson 

Supplier 

Epson 

Canon 

Star 

Oki 

Silica 



Price 
£450 
£130 

£179 

Price 
£375 
£280 
£269 
£250 
£350 
£292 
£304 
£304 
£269 
£386 
£351 
£428 

Price 
£349 
£499 
£299 
£495 
£399 
£496 
£659 

Price 

£799 

£1,175 

£1,173 

£549 

£820 




Issue 

Hi 



Pins 




Speed(CPS) 

109 

121 

106 ^H 

240 

240 
109 



Fonts 

4 
3 



Buffer 

8K 
8K 




91 
130 



16X 



24 

24 
24 



127 



48 
48 
64 
64 

48 
48 

48 

Memory 

512K-5.5Mb 
512K-2.5Mb 
lMb-SMb 
512K-2Mb 

2Mb-4Mb 



121 

Speed CPS 

160 

ISO 

83 

300 

200 

360 

360 



Fonts 




Speed (pgs per mln) 



5 



Fonts 

2 

5 



Golden Gate 
I/O Port 

ICD KickBack 

Kickswitch 

RocKey 

Sound Enhancer 



Supplier 

Silica Systems 
SwttchSoft 
Silica Systems 
Omega Projects 
Silica Systems 
Omega Projects 




4 4 

6 ^^^^^^^ 6 

Type 

25MHz 80386 PC Emulator for Amiga 1500+ 

Electronics Projects kit 

Keyboard switchable ROM sharer 

Keyboard switchable ROM sharer 

Chramakey for RocGen Plus genlock 

Improved Amiga sound capabilities 



SK 

Resolution 

300dpi 

300dpi 

360dpi 

360dpi 

300dpi 

360dpi 

360dpi 

Resolution 

300dpi 

300dpl 

300dpi 

300dpl 

400dpi 



Rating 

**** 

*** 

***** 

Rating 




22 
22 

22 
22 

22 
22 
22 

Issue 

22 

22 

22 

22 

22 



Rating 

**** 




If your company has a product which you think deserves to appear In the Amiga Shopper Product Locator, please write to us at the usual editorial address with full details. 



• SUPPLIER LIST • SUPPLIER LIST • SUPPLIER LIST • 



ACS 


031 557 4242 


Date! Electronics 




Gordon Harwood 




Omega Projects 




SMG 


0274 562999 


App. Engineering 






0762 744707 




0773 836781 




0702 466933 


Solid State Leisure 




0101 214 241 6060 


Digital Micronies 




H8 Marketing 


0753 686000 


Pandaai Marketing 




0933 650677 


ASAP 


0724280222 




0101 619 431 8301 


JCL Business Systems 




0234 855666 


Star 


0494 471111 


Ashcom 


0530 411485 


EPD 


0602 841640 




0802 518181 


Power Computing 




Surface UK 


081 566 6677 


Bytes a Pieces 




Epson UK 


0442 61144 


Marcam Ltd 


0604 7S0466 




0234 273000 


Swrtchsoft 


0325 464423 




0253 734218 


Evesham Micros 




MicroDeal 


0726 68020 


Protar 


0923 54133 


Third Coast Technologies 


Checkmate Diglta 


Ltd 




0386 765500 


Naksha UK 


0925 56398 


Rombo 


0506 414631 




0257472444 




071 923 0658 


G2 Video Systems 


NEC 


081 993 9631 


SA&H 




TrilogiC 


0274 678062 


Citizen 


0895 72621 




0252 737 IS 1 


Neriki 


081 900 1866 




010 40 0511 551701 


Virgo 


0276 676308 


Commodore 


0628 770088 


Gasteiner 


0S1 365 1151 


New Dimensions 




Silica Systems 




WTS Electronics 




Cortex 


051 236 0480 


Golden Image 


081 518 7373 




0391 690933 




081 309 1111 




0582 491949 


Cumana 


0483 503121 






Oki 


0753 31292 






ZCL Ltd 


0543 251275 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 




THE 
WORLD'S 



N 



GREAT 

VALLEY 

PRODUCTS 



1 



AMIGA 

PERIPHERALS 



ACCELERATORS 

FOR THE AMIGA 1500/2000/4000 



030 \ 030 \ 030 
\25miu\40iiw\50mh; 

\ UPG 0110 \ UPQ HW \ JPG ffiSi 



SAVE £200! H 



SPECIAL PRICES WHILE STOCKS LAST 

We are pleased to announce 
special low promotional prices 
on GVP G-Force accelerators, 
saving you up to £200 on 
previous Silica Systems prices. 



£399 



£699 



040 

33mmi 

UPGflMO 



£999 



SCSI 
Ser/Par 



£1299 




HARD CARDS 

FOR THE AMIGA 1500 & 2000 

• Factory installed Hard Drives 

• 0,40,80, 120, 213, & 420*, 
options 

• On-boartf 8* memory soctets 

• Add up to 6 SCSI devices 

£129 



The Impact II HCB hard cards are the 
equivalent of the HDS+ hard drive, but for the 
1500 and 2000 models, They are some of the 
fastest hard drives available, and Incorporate 
an unpopulated Su RAM expansion. 



0Mb 
40Mb 
80Mb 

120Mb 
213Mb 




£299 
£349 
£429 
£579 



Return the coupon now for your 
FREE copy of Silica Systems 

NEW GVP CATALOGUE 



SOUND SAMPLER 



PLUG-IN HARD DRIVES 



FROM ONLY 



PLUG-IN HARD DRIVE amiga sMrswnn 



The A50D-HD8+ provides the ultimate in hard disk 
performance, memory expansion and future 
expandability for the Amiga 500. It incorporates the 
same VLSI custom chip and FmaST ROM SCSI driver 
which are used in GVP's Series II SCSI/RAM controllers 
for the A1 500/2000. As a result the A500-HDa+ otters 
unbeatable hard disk performance. The easy-access 
AutoboofGame Switch allows the hard disk to be 
disabled, ensuring compatibility with the few games that will 
not work with a hard disk. 

Every A500-HD8+ incorporates the latest in hard disk 
technology with a factory installed and formatted 1" high, 
low power, 3'A" SCSI hard disk, offering storage capacities 
up to213Mt>. 

The A500-HD8+ also offers the ultimate in expandability 
Additional SCSI peripherals can be attached to the 
external SCSI port. Up to 8Mb of internal Fast RAM 
expansion can be installed using state-of-the-art SIMM 
memory modules. The unique internal Mini-Slot 
allows for future expansion. Every A500-HD8+ has 
its own dedicated power supply, ensuring that the 
Amiga 500 power supply will not be overloaded and 
an internal fan to prevent the unit from 
overheating. 




WHAT THE PRESS SAY... 

'$vp$rb build, excellent aesthetics ond blinding speed mate this 
the best A500 hard dtm' . AMIGA SHOPPCR 

'GVP daims this is the fastest bard drive in the wdd and none 
of our tots could prows thai wrong . Untouchable. HE 
choice' AMIGA SHOPPER 

Tta best moire of hatd drive for the Amiga is still GW 
Series II for h A50C, the MM+ ASM is absolutelf 
brilliant - the fastest, best mode, mast durable and most 
convenient AMIGA FORMAT M12, (HW*) 

VI? have done il againf. 94% 

'- me build quality is excellent _ in terms al perform 
once, their gear is lbs best , their equipment is 
worth emy pennyf AMIGA FORMAT 992, (A530) 

PLUG-IN HARD DRIVE OPTI 

MODEL 



HD8+ 
HARD DRIVE 



42Mb 




80Mb 



£299 £399 



Ref: HAH 0640 



Rel: HAft QBQS 



120Mb 



£499; 

Ref; HAH 0922 



213Mb 



£599. 

Rot. HAR 0933 I 



FOR ALL AM I GAS 
■ 3-bit stereo sampler 

• Plugs into parallel port 

• MIDI support for song input 

• Extensive editing features 

for Ihe semi -professional and audio 
hobbyist a high qua lily 0-bit stereo 
sound sampler that connects into the 
parallel port on any Amiga 500, GOO, 
1500 r 2000 or 3000 computer. 
Combined with one of the fastest, most 
powerful and easy-to-use sound and 
music editing programs available. 
Includes 4-track soundtracker file 
compatible sequencer. 

£4@£ £39.95 

Ref; MUS 3600 



HD8+ HARD DRIVE 

A530 HD & ACCELERATOR 



HARD DRIVE 



I 



FOR ALL AM1GAS 

■ £x Composite Video, US-VHS inputs 

* RGB Composite video & S-VHS 
outputs available simultaneously 

■ Sound mixer, 2 mono inputs and 1 
output 

• Full software control wa control panel, 
hotkeys and/or ARexx 

GVP's G-lock genlock is a true 
price/performance breakthrough. The 
G-lock genlock works with alt Amiga 
computers and even supports the new 
Chroma Key modes of the ECS/AA chip 
set. It ir, the only choice for the mid- 
range Amiga video enthusiast. 



Ref: 

VI 2500 



£349 



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Trie GVP A53D incorporates the eatir G$Q30FG 

pracoBsor Jound in most or (ho new GVP G-Forc« 

accelerainr range, be wall 05 using the same VLSJ 

custom cWp and FamST ROM SCSI driver that is 

tiSBd In GVP'S Sflfles II SCSI/FLAM oOhlrollarB. lor 

1heA150O. l 3000. 

it also IrKOfporateB the Motorola, saoauEC 

prcccssof running at a Mistering 40MHz and the 

Fattest In hard ale* bachnology with a factory 

inslallad and Formatted 1" high, low po«wr, 3~>i 

SCSI hard disk otfewig storage capacities up to 

213Mb. AooHlunaJ SCSI peripherals can be 

atlBcftftd la the BKCBmei SCSI pan. Up to aMb of 

32-bit wide Fast RAW expansion can ba inslalled r 

using sta3a-nf-ihfi-art flSMM memory modules (1Mfc 

suppled as standard}. A 63832 malh& ^processor 

can afco be added to the unit to boast the 

machlne'G math caltuiatjons. Every GVP A530 has 

its own dedicated power supply. 

"~ rfw iuiW quality is na*%aJ -, lit torn of pufotmarxt, ibtis gtar a rV» bat 

'94% AWr&t FOHKiAT flffi 

PLUG-i H KABO DWVE ft ACCELERATOR OPTTOHS 




SCSI U-DNTROLLER FOfl LJFTD 7 .DEVICES 



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£799* 

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PC EMULATOR 

PLUG-IN OPTION FOR HD&+ S A53Q 

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when you may require additional peripherals and software, or help and advice. And, will the company 
you buy from contact you with details of new products? Al Silica Systems, we ensure that you will have 
nothing to worry about. We have been established for almost 14 years and, with our unrivalled 
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SAFE SHOPPING 



BUYING ADVICE 
FOR SHOPPERS 

Whether buying over the phone or at a local store, 
here's our advice on how to get what you want 



BUYING IN PERSON 

• Where possible, always test any 
software and hardware in the shop 
before taking it home, to make sure 
that it works properly. 

• Make sure you have all the 
necessary leads, manuals or other 
accessories you need. 

• Don't forget to keep your receipt. 

BUYING BY PHONE 

• Be as clear as possible when 
stating what you want to buy. Make 
sure you confirm all the technical 
details of what you are buying. Some 
things to bear in mind are version 
numbers, memory requirements, 
other required hardware or software 
and compatibility with your particular 
model of Amiga (that is, make sure 
you know which version of Kickstart 
you have). 

• Check the price you are asked to 
pay, and make sure that it's the 
same as the price advertised. 



• Check that what you are ordering 
is actually in stock. 

• Check when and how the article 
will be delivered, and that any extra 
charges are as stated on the advert. 

• Make a note of the date and time 
when you order the product. 

BUYING BY POST 

As with buying by phone, you should 
clearly state exactly what it is you 
are buying, at what price (refer to the 
magazine, page and issue number 
where it's advertised) and give any 
relevant information about your 
system set-up where necessary. You 
should also make sure you keep 
copies of all correspondence both to 
and from the company concerned. 

MAKING RETURNS 

Whichever method you buy by, you 
are entitled to return a product if it 
fails to meet any one of the following 
three criteria: 



A CHECK LIST FOR 
MAIL ORDER BUYING 

1 Make sure you know exactly what you want. Draw up a checklist of the 
specifications you are looking for and what you want It to be able to do. 
Check with the suppliers that their product matches your list. 

2 Will the product you have In mind work with your existing set-up, and 
anything else you are planning to buy? 

3 Can you see a demonstration? Many products are on display at computer 
shows around the country. 

4 Are there any hidden extras? Does It need 1Mb to run, or a hard disk? 

5 What technical support is provided by the supplier? Does the 
manufacturer offer after-sales advice? Check before you buy. 

6 Check the guarantee terms. How long Is the free warranty? What does It 

offer? 

7 Draw up a list of these details and make them a condition of your order. 

8 Check the price and delivery details when you order, and make a note of 
them. 

9 Note down when you placed the order and who you spoke to. 

1 O When ft arrives, check everything carefully. If anything is missing, don't 
use the product at all - contact the supplier, if It doesn't work, make the 
obvious checks such as the fuse. If It still doesn't work don't try to fix it — 
contact the supplier. 



• The goods must be of 
'merchantable quality'. 

• The goods must be 'as described'. 

• The goods must be fit for the 
purpose for which they were sold. 

If they fail to satisfy any or all of the 
criteria, then you are then entitled to: 

• Return them for a refund. 

• Receive compensation for part of 
the value. 

• Get a replacement or free repair. 
When returning anything, ensure that 
you have proof of purchase and that 
you return the item as soon as 
possible after receiving it. For this 
reason it is important that you check 
the hardware or software as soon as 
it is delivered to make sure 
everything you ordered is there and 
works as it is supposed to. 

HOW TO PAY 

Paying by credit card is the most 
sensible way, whether buying in 
person, by post or on the phone, 
because you may be able to claim 
the money from the credit card 
company even if the firm you ordered 
from has gone bust or refuses to 
help sort out your problem. 

Otherwise, you should pay by 
crossed cheque or postal order - 
never send coins or notes through 
the mail. 

GETTING REPAIRS 

Always check the conditions of the 
guarantee, and servicing and 
replacement policy, so that you know 
what level of support to expect. 
Always fill in and return warranty 
cards as soon as possible, and 
make sure that you are aware of all 
the conditions contained in the 
guarantee. 

BUYING PD 

Even though PD software is relatively 
inexpensive, you should still apply 
the guidelines set out above, making 
sure that you confirm all orders as 
clearly as possible. 

Shopping around is still 
important when buying PD because 
different houses charge different 
prices for the same disks. There is 
no set pricing structure for disks, but 
bear in mind that PD houses are, in 
theory, supposed to be non-profit 
making operations. f ^ 



ADVERTISERS INDEX 



1st Computer Centre 

(Leeds) 50,51 

16 Bit Centre 84 

Amiga Format Live '93 

100,101 

Amiganuts 104 

AngliaPD 104 

Artworks 41 

BCS 90 

Belshaws .......104 

Commonside Hardware 

Services 111 

Computermates 75 

Digita Internationa! IFC 

Direct Computer 

Supplies 41 

Diskovery PD 113 

DrSoft 111 

Evesham Micros 88,89 

Express PD 107 

Grapevine Group 47 

Graphic Assembly 41 

Harwoods,.18 19 66-69, IBC 

Hobbyte 76,77 

Kingsway(UK) 99 

Kosmos Software 41 

Marpet 99 

Micro Mania 82 

Micro Pace (UK) ...9 

MJC Supplies 97 

N8S .....104 

New Horizon Computers ..33 

Pathfinder PD 107 

PDSoft 109 

Phoenix Comp World. .34, 35 

Phoenix Services .....99 

Power Computing 

42,43,OBC 

RiverdenePDL 107 

Sector 16 107 

Selectafont 47 

Silica Systems 119, 121 

Softstore 47 

The Computer Workshop 104 

Trilogic 58,59 

Ursa Software 99 

Vulcan PD 107 

Weserve 6 

WTS Electronics.. 80, 81,111 
York Electronics 99 



AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 25 • MAY 1993 



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WICKED TOYS FOR WICKED BOYS 

COMPLETE AMIGA Al 200 PACKAGE 
AS SUPPLIED COMMODORE 

AVAILABLE WITH THE FOLLOWING HARD DRIVES 

40Mb £169 

85Mb £199 

130Mb £269 

170Mb £299 

250Mb £399 



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)RIVES ARE SUPPLIED PREPARED AND FORMATTED AND INCLUDE HD PREP VI .2 
/ARE TO RE-PARTITION YOUR HARD DRIVE AND INSTALL WORKBENCH 3.0. 

Microbotics MBX1200 Expansion Boards 
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68882 FPU @25Mhz £389 

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2Mb £109 4Mb £189 

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COMPETITION 



WIN • WIN • WIN • WIN • WIN • WIN • WIN • WIN 



Speed freaks - get a 

GVP accelerator 




GVP accelerators have a well deserved 
reputation for both speed and reliability. 
Our winner this month gets to collect £800 
worth of stylish kit for free. 



Those talented people at 
Silica Systems have really 
pushed the boat out for our 
competition this month. 
They're offering Amiga Shopper 
readers the chance to win a superb 
A530 combined accelerator and 
hard drive. 

Manufactured in the US by 
leading Amiga peripheral producers 
GVP, the A530 is a top-of-the-range 
68030 accelerator running at 40MHz 
that can be easily fitted to any A500 
or A500 Plus. 

The A530 has an integral high- 
speed 80Mb SCSI hard disk and is 
supplied with 1Mb of 32-bit RAM 
already installed (this memory can be 
further expanded to 8Mb), What's 
more, you can add a 68882 FPU to 
make it even zippier still. 



Want to get your hands on one? 
Well get your thinking cap on, answer 
the three questions in the right-hand 
panel and this super accelerator and 
hard drive worth £800 could soon be 
making your Amiga really zing. 

Send your answers on a postcard 
(or the back of a sealed envelope) 
and include your name, address, 
postcode and details of your 
computer and any peripherals. The 
address is: 

GVP....Woosh 

Amiga Shopper 

29 Monmouth Street 

Bath BA12DL 

The closing date is May 10. Send 
only one entry per household and 
please state if you would prefer not 
to have your name included on a 

mailing list. 



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THE CHALLENGE • THE CHALLENGE 


1. GVP is based In which US state? 


b) Semi Conductor Storage Interupt 


a) New Hampshire 


c} Storage Cache System 


b) California 


Interogation 


c) Pennsylvania 






3. The hard drive capacity Is: 


2. SCSI is an acronym for? 


a) 80,000,000 bytes 


a) Small Computer System 


b) 81,920,000 bytes 


Interface 


c) 80,001,024 bytes 



The Champions! 

The four winners from the Morph Fun For Me competition were: Mr P Gill of 
Dunmurry in Northern Ireland; Mr Paul Ross from Thornford in Dorset; Mr 
Simon Randall of Blackley in Manchester and Mr Andy Barnett who hails 
from Belfast - congratulations to all of you. 

Each of them has won themselves a copy of US based ASDG's Morph 
Plus software worth £179.99. As you read this all four readers should be 
happily stretching, warping and twisting images to their hearts content. 



IN NEXT MONTH'S FAQ-PACKED ISSUE 

• The soul of the machine. Have you ever wondered how 
your Amiga works? Next month sees the start of a major 
new series that maps out every single aspect of this 
powerful but complex computer. We'll take you from a 
discussion of logic and a handfull of transistors to a 
complete understanding of the microprocessor, all of its 
support circuitry, and exactly how they all fit together. 

• A review of Almathera's CD-ROM drive package. 

• Create an address book in C, the language of the pros. 

Plus: regular columns on Amiga Answers, public domain, 

video, AmigaDOS, desktop publishing, programming, 

education, music, chaos, comms and much more 

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